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'Monk' Series Finale Earns 9.4 Million Viewers

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 7th 2009 11:47AM
The case of the highest-rated cable show in history has finally been solved, and the perpetrator was a familiar figure: 'Monk.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Monk,' which aired it's series finale last Friday, went out with a bang, bringing in a whopping 9.4 million viewers, including an impressive 3.2 million in the key 18-49 demographic. Those numbers make the 'Monk' finale the highest-rated scripted drama in the history of cable television, besting the previous high-water mark of 9.2 million viewers set by TNT's 'The Closer.'
The case of the highest-rated cable show in history has finally been solved, and the perpetrator was a familiar figure: 'Monk.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, 'Monk,' which aired it's series finale last Friday, went out with a bang, bringing in a whopping 9.4 million viewers, including an impressive 3.2 million in the key 18-49 demographic. Those numbers make the 'Monk' finale the highest-rated scripted drama in the history of cable television, besting the previous high-water mark of 9.2 million viewers set by TNT's 'The Closer.'

And those numbers are only expected to rise once DVR playback figures are added to the tally. So what accounts for the show's huge viewership? Chances are that most viewers tuned in not only to see off the show and popular star Tony Shalhoub, who over the past eight seasons has helped turned USA Network into a destination rather than an afterthought, but also to find out the answer to the show's central mystery: who killed detective Adrian Monk's wife Trudy?

That question, which has tormented Monk since the show's debut and which has provided a foundation for 'Monk''s series mythology, was finally answered on Friday (we won't spoil it for you here, but if you want to find out who the killer was, you can check out our recap here). The resolution brings closure to both the characters and the audience, but does leave open the question of what shows will step up to fill the programming gap left by 'Monk''s departure.

For USA, finding a replacement isn't going to be easy, though the network was pleased with the ratings bump that the 'Monk' finale gave to 'White Collar;' the strong lead-in propelled the freshman drama to a season-high 5.5 million viewers.

But for fans who don't believe any show will be able to replace 'Monk,' don't worry: In the land of television, ratings are king, and with numbers like these, chances are we'll be seeing some kind of special or reunion show sooner or later. It just may not be in quite the way anyone expects.

Are you listening, Larry David?

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