Here are the Nielsen ratings for the last episode of Lost:
506 – 316
11.27 million viewers
5.1/13 18-49 viewers
Uh.. these numbers went up almost 2 million viewers! That is shocking. Do people really want to watch Jack episodes that much? I guess next week we’ll see how many people care about Locke episodes.
In case you’re new to the wonderful world of Nielsen ratings here’s my least favorite thing about it: Marc Berman, he’s the guy who seems to supply the numbers to all the sites on the Internet. He runs the site PiFeedback. I really appreciate that he is giving us these numbers free of charge, but he is so negative. I’ve been reading his posts for 6 or 7 years now and It’s driving me crazy. Without fail he calls down the shows I like, he’s been calling for the cancellation of ER forever, and anytime a show performs slightly lower than last year he says that the show is failing, or weak, or dying. It’s so annoying and if he didn’t have a monopoly on the Nielsen ratings I doubt anyone would put up with it.
Luckily there are sites who take his data and rewrite it without his commentary. My favorite is TV By the Numbers. They use graphs (revolutionary!) and they have good taste. In fact they even wrote a very encouraging article regarding Lost’s ratings. Check it out here, it’s a happy read.