Though some fans and critics expressed ambivalence — or even outright distaste — for the sixth season of AMC’s Mad Men, Sunday night’s season ender drew the highest finale ratings in the series’ history. The episode, which even detractors embraced, delivered an average of 2.7 viewers, down from the season premiere’s 3.4 million viewers, but an impressive gain from the season average of 2.4 million viewers.
“There is nothing else on television like ‘Mad Men,’ and for the series in its sixth season to deliver the highest-rated finale ever — and an episode that critics and fans have already declared an instant classic — is a testament to everyone who brings this world to life,” said AMC president Charlie Collier in the network’s press release. “Matthew Weiner and his cast and crew have created something that continues to occupy a unique and very special place, on television and across the broader cultural landscape, and we are so proud to be a part of it.”
The release also included other key stats for the season as a whole.
Key Nielsen Highlights for Mad Men’s Season 6 finale:
- 10pm airing: 2.1 HH rating
- 10pm airing: 2.7 million viewers
- 10pm airing: 1.3 million Adults 25-54
Key Nielsen Highlights for Mad Men’s full Season 6:
- 1.9 HH rating
- 2.5 million viewers
- 1.3 million viewers Adults 25-5
What did you think of the finale, Mad Men fans? Did it redeem a disappointing season? Or were you a fan of Season 6 from the start?