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Mr. Monk and the series ending ratings record

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 7th 2009 10:28AM
monk_natalie_usaTelevision history will show that when USA's obsessive-compulsive detective series Monk ended its eight-season, it went out in a dramatic way. I won't tell you what happened on screen in case it's still in your DVR and you haven't watched it yet. But off screen, Mr. Monk had a happy ending.

The final episode of Monk was seen by approximately 9.4 million total viewers, nearly a third in the all-important 18-49 adult demographic. Obviously, a lot of people cared about how Adrian Monk would say goodbye.

The ratings were not only impressive, there were legendary. The largest number of viewers and demo of any drama series ever on cable. It surpassed TNT's The Closer.

Kudos to USA Network and the producers for giving Monk the two-part finale, setting the episodes a week apart. That cliffhanger ending after part one did it's job. The finale improved upon the numbers by 37%, which is a huge bump. It means that during the week, people read about the cliffhanger -- like here on TV Squad -- and were compelled to turn on USA for the big finish.

The week-long promotion on the network was also effective, reminding viewers that this was it, the last chance to see Mr. Monk in action. Also, judging by the numbers from our informal poll, over 56% of viewers were extremely satisfied with the series wrap up.

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Judi Underberg

Shame on you Mr. Shalhoub. Monk would never have gone only 8 years. He would have made it to 10.

The finale was perfect but he will be missed.

A fellow Wisconsinite.

December 07 2009 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gordy

Wow. I knew it would be big. That finale was great.

December 07 2009 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
beergas

Nice conclusion compared to what might have been done.
Respected its audience.
PS The Closer kicks in soon. And around corner Burn Notice and then some more White Collar. That's where I'll be along with the Brits Dr Who, and their overlooked New Tricks.

December 07 2009 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Pingles

Looking forward to Saving Grace as well.

I believe my most anticipated shows each season are not from the main networks.

December 07 2009 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stephen.boro

Maybe now Mr. Shalhoub will stop holding up the Wings reunion.

December 07 2009 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michelle

I'm glad Monk went out with a bang. It had a tendency to get overlooked because it was less flashy than other cable shows, but Tony Shalhoub really did something wonderful these past years as Adrian Monk, and it's great the audience tuned in for his final hurrah.

December 07 2009 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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