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.

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16 Comments
  1. Angela says:

    So funny how it often seems that a show’s highest ratings seem to come when it’s going off the air. Yay for Stephen’s send-off getting such a good reception, though!

  2. Tran says:

    The Colbert Report will always be missed on Comedy Central. Looking forward to watch The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore come January. It’s going to be a long way to go before Stephen Colbert takes over The Late Show after David Letterman retires on May 20th.

  3. HAP says:

    It really seemed to me that Thursday night’s episode was written as a series finale.

  4. Diane says:

    Give us a season 6…Pretty please??!!

  5. Wow, 2.5 million thats almost approaching Hannity’s numbers. On a bad week…