‘Monk’ Finale Sets Cable Ratings Record

by | December 7, 2009 at 8:48 AM | TV News

Monk (USA)

Monk (USA)

USA Network’s ‘Monk‘ on Friday wrapped up its eighth and final season with an audience of 9.4 million total viewers. That represents not only the largest audience ever for ‘Monk’ and a USA Network scripted series, but it also sets a new record for any basic cable drama.

The previous record was 9.2 million viewers, held by TNT’s ‘The Closer.’

The ‘Monk’ finale – in which Tony Shalhoub’s OCDetective at long last cracked the mystery of his wife’s murder – also delivered the best 18-to-49 demos in the history of basic cable dramas, with 3.2 million falling into that category, says the Hollywood Reporter.

The conclusion of ‘Monk’s’ two-part series ender bested the show’s previous high by 37 percent, and trounced all of Friday night’s broadcast network rivals. The closest competitor was CBS’ ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ which drew 8.23 million.

‘Monk’s’ big finish helped lead-out ‘White Collar‘ hit its own all-time high, 5.5 million viewers.

“What a perfect way for ‘Monk’, our first tent pole success, to finish its run – going out even stronger than it came in, and helping… another great show, ‘White Collar’,” USA Network’s president of original programming Jeff Wachtel, told the Reporter.

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