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Updated on May 13, 2020. Posted on Jul 22, 2011

10 TV Show Series Finales You Should Have Watched Live

Watching each of these finales they happened must have been epic. Admittedly, I've only been around for a few of these, but here's the facts, numbers, and clips from the series finales of the ten most watched television shows of all time. I'm getting pretty nostalgic over here.

  • 10. Frasier, "Goodnight, Seattle"

    Air date: 13 May 2004
    Total viewers: 33.7m
    Percentage of US households: 16.3%
    Share of total TV viewers: 25.0%

  • 9. Home Improvement, "The Long and Winding Road"

    Air date: 25 May 1999
    Total viewers: 35.5m
    Percentage of US households: 21.6%
    Share of total TV viewers: 43.0%

  • 8. Family Ties, "Alex Doesn't Live Here Anymore"

    Air date: 14 May 1989
    Total viewers: 36.3m
    Percentage of US households: 20.8%
    Share of total TV viewers: 35.0%

  • 7. All in the Family, "Too Good Edith"

    Air date: 8 April 1979
    Total viewers: 40.2m
    Percentage of US households: 26.6%
    Share of total TV viewers: 43.0%

  • 6. The Cosby Show, "And So We Commence"

    Air date: 30 April 1992
    Total viewers: 44.4m
    Percentage of US households: 28.0%
    Share of total TV viewers: 45.0%

  • 5. Magnum, P.I., "Resolutions"

    5. Magnum, P.I. , "Resolutions"

    Air date: 1 May 1988
    Total viewers: 50.7m
    Percentage of US households: 32.0%
    Share of total TV viewers: 48.0%

  • 4. Friends, "The Last One"

    Air date: 6 May 2004
    Total viewers: 52.46%
    Percentage of US households: 29.8%
    Share of total TV viewers: 43.0%

  • 3. Seinfeld, "The Finale"

    Air date: 14 May 1998
    Total viewers: 76.3m
    Percentage of US households: 41.3%
    Share of total TV viewers: 58.0%

  • 2. Cheers, "One for the Road"

    Air date: 20 May 1993
    Total viewers: 84.4m
    Percentage of US households: 45.5%
    Share of total TV viewers: 64.0%

  • 1. M*A*S*H, "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen"

    1. M*A*S*H , "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen"

    Air date: 28 February 1983
    Total viewers: 105.94m
    Percentage of US households: 79.2%
    Share of total TV viewers: 77.0%

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