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'Lost' finds modest ratings

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  May 24, 2010 12:31 PM

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"Lost" performed very nicely -- if not staggeringly -- in the ratings last night, as fans showed up for a few answers. The finale averaged 13.5 million viewers across the two-and-a-half hours, which is about 2 million more viewers than had been watching the show regularly this season. The recap special that aired from 7-9 p.m. drew an average of 9.8 million.

I was thinking the finale would have more noteworthy numbers and hit the high teens, because I assumed that everyone who ever watched a single episode of "Lost" would probably want to find out how it all ended. Back in 2004, after all, 18.5 million viewers tuned in for the "Lost" series premiere. But over the years, the show's mythology had become ever-more complex and, ultimately, unavailable to those who weren't keeping up.

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