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Most Watched TV Series Finales

The most-watched finale is not necessarily a show's most-watched episode.

Rank Series Number of Viewers
(in millions)
Percent of Households Share Date Network
1 M*A*S*H 105.9 60.2% 77% February 28, 1983 CBS
2 Cheers 80.4 45.5% 64% May 20, 1993 NBC
3 Seinfeld 76.3 41.3% 58% May 14, 1998 NBC
4 Friends 52.5 29.8% 43% May 6, 2004 NBC
5 Magnum, P.I. 50.7 32.0% 48% May 1, 1988 CBS
6 The Tonight Show
Starring Johnny Carson
50.0  ?  ? May 22, 1992 NBC
7 The Cosby Show 44.4 28.0% 45% April 30, 1992 NBC
8 All in the Family 40.2 26.6% 43% April 8, 1979 CBS
9 Family Ties 36.3 20.8% 35% May 14, 1989 NBC
10 Home Improvement 35.5 21.6% 34% May 25, 1999 ABC
11 Dallas 33.3 22.0% 38% May 3, 1991 CBS
12 Everybody Loves Raymond 32.9 20.2% 29% May 16, 2005 CBS
13 Gunsmoke 30.9  ?  ? March 31, 1975 CBS
14 The Fugitive 30.0 45.9% 72% August 29, 1967 ABC
15 Newhart 29.5 18.7% 29% May 21, 1990 CBS
16 Star Trek: The Next Generation 27.8 20% 34% May 23, 1994 Syndication
17 The Golden Girls 27.2 18.9% 38% May 9, 1992 NBC
18 Frasier 25.2 16.3% 25% May 13, 2004 NBC
19 Night Court 24.6 16.5% 26% May 13, 1992 NBC
20 Full House 24.3 14.6% 25% May 23, 1995 ABC
21 St. Elsewhere 22.5 ?  ? May 25, 1988 NBC
22 MacGyver 22.3 13.8% 26% May 21, 1992 ABC
23 Miami Vice 22.2 14.7% 23% May 21, 1989 NBC
24 L.A. Law 22.1 15.9% 27% May 19, 1994 NBC
25 ALF 21.7 13.1% 24% March 24, 1990 NBC
26 Growing Pains 21.1 13.3% 24% April 25, 1992 ABC
27 The Wonder Years 21.0 13.9% 23% May 12, 1993 ABC
28 Quantum Leap 20.6 13.7% 23% May 5, 1993 NBC
29 Who's the Boss? 20.5 12.7% 24% April 25, 1992 ABC
30 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 19.9 13.1% 22% May 20, 1996 NBC
31 Mad About You 19.8 13.6% 20% May 24, 1999 NBC
32 Knots Landing 19.6 13.9% 22% May 13, 1993 CBS
33 Bonanza 19.3  ?  ? January 16, 1973 NBC
34 Designing Women 18.8 14.2% 22% May 24, 1993 CBS
35 Matlock 18.7 13.2% 20% May 7, 1995 ABC
36 Will & Grace 18.4 11.7% 18% May 18, 2006 NBC
37 The Facts of Life 18.2 13.2% 29% May 7, 1988 NBC
38 Jake and the Fatman 18.1 12.9% 20% May 6, 1992 CBS
39 Major Dad 17.9 12.6% 20% April 16, 1993 CBS
40 Murphy Brown 17.5 12.3% 19% May 18, 1998 CBS
41 Roseanne 16.6 11.6% 19% May 20, 1997 ABC
42 Murder, She Wrote 16.5 12.3% 21% May 19, 1996 CBS
43 ER 16.4 10.4% 17% April 2, 2009 NBC
44 NYPD Blue 16.1 10.4% 17% March 1, 2005 ABC
45 Miami Vice 16.1 11.0% 21% June 28, 1989 NBC
46 Married... with Children 15.2 10.0% 16% May 5, 1997 Fox
47 In the Heat of the Night 15.0 10.9% 17% May 16, 1995 CBS
48 Kate & Allie 14.9 11.9% 20% May 22, 1989 CBS
49 Dynasty 14.7 10.8% 17% May 11, 1989 ABC
50 Monday Night Football 14.4 9.2% 16% December 26, 2005 ABC
51 Beverly Hills, 90210 14.4 9.6% 15% May 17, 2000 Fox
52 Wings 14.2 10.2% 16% May 21, 1997 NBC
53 JAG 14.0 9.0% 15% April 29, 2005 CBS
54 Mr. Belvedere 13.8 8.5% 16% July 8, 1990 ABC
55 Evening Shade 13.5 9.6% 15% May 23, 1994 CBS
56 The King of Queens 13.5 8.8% 13% May 14, 2007 CBS
57 Doogie Howser, M.D. 13.4 9.2% 14% March 24, 1993 ABC
58 Providence 13.3 9.0% 16% December 20, 2002 NBC
59 Life Goes On 13.2 8.9% 17% May 23, 1993 ABC
60 The X-Files 13.2 7.9% 12% May 19, 2002 FOX
61 Coach 13.1 9.3% 16% May 14, 1997 ABC
62 Touched by an Angel 12.9 8.9% 15% April 27, 2003 CBS
63 Amen 12.9 8.3% 19% May 11, 1991 NBC
64 Falcon Crest 12.3 9.3% 15% May 17, 1990 CBS
65 3rd Rock From The Sun 11.9 7.9% 13% May 22, 2001 NBC
66 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 11.9  ?  ? May 29, 2009 NBC
67 The Sopranos 11.9  ?  ? June 10, 2007 HBO
68 Empty Nest 11.6 8.7% 17% April 29, 1995 NBC
69 Ally McBeal 11.5 7.5% 11% May 20, 2002 Fox
70 Homicide: Life on the Street 11.4 8.4% 15% May 21, 1999 NBC
71 Without a Trace 11.2 7.3% 12% May 19, 2009 CBS
72 The Nanny 11.1 8.1% 14% May 12, 1999 CBS
73 Picket Fences 11.1 8.2% 14% April 24, 1996 CBS
74 The Practice 10.9 7.5% 13% May 16, 2004 ABC
75 Walker, Texas Ranger 10.8 6.8% 13% May 19, 2001 CBS
76 Judging Amy 10.8 7.6% 12% May 3, 2005 CBS
77 Sex and the City 10.6  ?  ? February 22, 2004 HBO
78 Becker 10.6 7.3% 11% January 28, 2004 CBS
79 Grace Under Fire 10.5 7.4% 11% February 17, 1998 ABC
80 Highway to Heaven 10.5 7.1% 16% August 4, 1989 NBC
81 Melrose Place 10.4 7.3% 12% May 24, 1999 Fox
82 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 10.2 6.7% 15% May 16, 1998 CBS
83 Sisters 10.1 7.1% 14% May 4, 1996 NBC
84 The West Wing 10.1 6.2% 10% May 14, 2006 NBC
85 That '70s Show 10.0 6.0% 10% May 18, 2006 Fox
86 Boy Meets World 10.0 6.1% 12% May 5, 2000 ABC
87 Boston Legal 9.9 6.2% 10% December 8, 2008 ABC
88 Ellen 9.9 7.1% 11% May 13, 1998 ABC
89 The Unit 9.6 5.8% 10% May 10, 2009 CBS
90 A Different World 9.3 6.6% 14% May 8, 1993 NBC
91 Nash Bridges 9.1 6.3% 12% May 4, 2001 CBS
92 The Pretender 9.0 6.2% 12% May 13, 2000 NBC
93 Third Watch 9.0 6.1% 11% May 6, 2005 NBC
94 Star Trek: Voyager 8.8 5.5% 9% May 23, 2001 UPN
95 Martin 8.6 5.8% 11% May 1, 1997 Fox
96 NewsRadio 8.6 6.5% 11% May 4, 1999 NBC
97 Moonlighting 8.6 5.7% 10% May 14, 1989 ABC
98 Ed 8.2 5.8% 10% February 6, 2004 NBC
99 Caroline in the City 8.1 6.3% 10% April 26, 1999 NBC
100 Las Vegas 8.0 5.0% 9% February 15, 2008 NBC
101 Cosby 7.9 5.2% 10% April 28, 2000 CBS
102 Malcolm in the Middle 7.5 4.8% 7% May 14, 2006 Fox
103 Chicago Hope 7.5 5.8% 9% May 4, 2000 CBS
104 227 7.5 5.0% 8% May 6, 1990 NBC
105 Dawson's Creek 7.3 4.8% 7% May 14, 2003 WB
106 Profiler 7.2 5.2% 10% May 6, 2000 NBC
107 Spin City 6.9 4.8% 7% April 30, 2002 ABC
108 Alias 6.7 4.5% 7% May 22, 2006 ABC
109 Dharma & Greg 6.7 4.7% 8% April 30, 2002 ABC
110 The O.C. 6.6 4.2% 6% February 22, 2007 Fox
111 Diagnosis Murder 6.6 4.9% 10% May 11, 2001 CBS
112 Party of Five 6.5 4.8% 8% May 3, 2000 Fox
113 Yes, Dear 6.5 4.4% 6% February 15, 2006 CBS
114 Living Single 6.5 4.5% 7% January 1, 1998 Fox
115 Crossing Jordan 6.4 4.3% 7% May 16, 2007 NBC
116 Family Matters 6.4 4.5% 8% July 17, 1998 CBS
117 Step by Step 6.3 4.3% 8% June 26, 1998 CBS
118 King of the Hill 6.0 3.5% 5% September 13, 2009 Fox
119 My Wife and Kids 5.9 4.2% 7% May 17, 2005 ABC
120 The Drew Carey Show 5.4 3.7% 6% September 8, 2004 ABC
121 Angel 5.3 3.3% 5% May 19, 2004 WB
122 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 4.9 2.9% 5% May 20, 2003 UPN
122 Gilmore Girls 4.9 3.1% 5% May 15, 2007 CW
124 My Name Is Earl 4.8 3.2% 6% May 14, 2009 NBC
125 Sister, Sister 4.7 3.3% 6% May 23, 1999 WB
126 George Lopez 4.6 3.1% 5% May 8, 2007 ABC
127 Charmed 4.5 2.8% 5% May 21, 2006 WB
128 Reba 4.4 2.8% 5% February 18, 2007 CW
128 The Parkers 4.4 2.8% 5% May 10, 2004 UPN
130 According to Jim 4.1 2.5% 4% June 2, 2009 ABC
130 Everwood 4.1 2.6% 4% June 5, 2006 WB
132 Star Trek: Enterprise 3.8 2.2% 4% May 13, 2005 UPN
133 Felicity 3.7 2.6% 4% May 22, 2002 WB
134 7th Heaven 3.3 2.1% 4% May 13, 2007 CW
134 Prison Break 3.3 2.0% 4% May 15, 2009 Fox
136 Guiding Light 3.0 2.2% 3% September 18, 2009 CBS

(Sources: WikiPedia, Reuters, Variety, Nielsen Media Research, USA Today)