Not sure if you read or heard anything about the series finale of a popular AMC show called Breaking Bad airing the other night. Well, it happened and it was quite a success, with estimates of more than 10 million viewers (pretty impressive for cable) tuning in to watch Walter White as he finally... oh, wait. Maybe some of you haven’t watched it yet.
After all this hubbub, we couldn’t help but think of some series finales from a few MeTV favorites. The most notable of course was the February 28, 1983 airing of the two-and-a-half-hour final M*A*S*H, directed by the show’s star Alan Alda. The telecast was nothing short of a full-blown cultural event, and a national excuse for a theme party as the world bid farewell to a show about the Korean War that lasted three times longer than the war itself.
The episode, “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” had an estimated worldwide viewership of more than 105 million, smashing the previous record of the approximately 83 million people that tuned in to CBS on November 21, 1980 to find out who shot J.R. on Dallas.
And then ten years on from the M*A*S*H finale, Cheers put up its barstools for the last time to an estimated viewership of 84 million viewers.
Look, we’re dying to tell you what happened to Hawkeye and Klinger, or if Sam and Diane ever got back together, but we don’t want to spoil it for you. You’ll just have to keep watching MeTV.