It was chaos as usual at ER’s County General as 2.8 million viewers tuned in for the two-hour series finale, its largest audience in five years. The finale spiked ER’s audience by 58% in total viewers over season average. Growing in each of its half hours, the two-hour finale peaked with 3.19 million viewers during its final scene at 10:58 pm. With a reach of nearly five million viewers watching some or all of the episode, ER ended the night as the most-watched program on Canadian television, followed by CSI (1.92 million/non-simulcast), also on CTV. A simulcast SURVIVOR was third with 1.81 million viewers. The finale won the week ahead of AMERICAN IDOL (2.09 million) and HOUSE (2.31 million).
The program was also #1 for the night nationally with key selling demos, jumping 61% for A25-54 and 62% for A18-49.
Reminiscent of the series premiere in September 1994, the John Wells penned finale delivered another dizzying business as usual day in the ER. Joining series regulars John Stamos (Dr. Gates), Linda Cardellini (Sam Taggert), and Scott Grimes (Dr. Morris) were former cast members Eriq La Salle (Peter Benton), Laura Innes (Kerry Weaver), Sherry Stringfield (Susan Lewis), Alex Kingston (Elizabeth Corday) and Noah Wyle (John Carter). Previous and current cast members were all on hand to watch as Dr. Carter opened the doors to the Joshua Center for Medicine, named after his son.
ER may be ending, but a whole new drama is just beginning. Picking up where ER left off is the brand-new series SOUTHLAND, from Emmy-Award winning Executive Producer John Wells (ER, THE WEST WING). A raw, gritty and genuine look at a police unit in downtown Los Angeles, the new, heart-pounding drama, co-starring Benjamin McKenzie (THE O.C.), takes over ER’s longstanding Thursday timeslot when it premieres April 9 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.