Cable Ratings: Colbert Report Ends on High Note, Covert Finale Ticks Up

“Stephen Colbert” went out on a high note, as The Colbert Report finale on Thursday night drew its largest audience ever: 2.5 million total viewers.

The nine-year-old Comedy Central program’s previous record was 2.4 million viewers, set in October 2008. TVLine readers gave the send-off an average grade of “A.”

Elsewhere on the cable dial Thursday, White Collar‘s series finale drew 1.9 million viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, up 19 percent and a tenth week-to-week, per TVByTheNumbers.

The yet-to-be-renewed Covert Affairs‘ finale retained 1.6 mil/0.4, up a tenth week-to-week while on par with its season opener.