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'Lost' finale ratings strong, not overwhelming

The series finale of Lost drew the show's best ratings in more than two years, but it didn't draw in a ton of viewers who weren't already watching. The heavily serialized nature of "Lost" probably kept away a fair number of people who had dropped out earlier in the show's run or hadn't seen the show before. (And although the finale focused most heavily on characters who had been with the show from early on, it still would have produced some head-scratchers for casual fans.) The 2 1/2-hour finale drew "Lost's" biggest audience since early in Season 4, averaging 13.5 million viewers and a 5.8 rating among adults 18-49 in the overnight ratings (its numbers will probably grow some when seven-day DVR numbers are figured in). It was also the show's highest-rated season finale since the Season 3 ender in 2007. By all measures "Lost" was Sunday's (May 23) highest-rated show, but it didn't draw a great deal more viewers than it normally does. For the season "Lost" is averaging 11.55 million viewers per episode (including seven-day DVR viewing) and a 5.1 in the 18-49 demographic, so the finale provided about a 15 percent bump in total viewers over a typical episode and a 12 percent improvement in the demo. In contrast, the "ER" finale last year (16.4 million viewers) improved by more than 40 percent over its prior season average of a little over 10 million viewers. It had been on the air for 15 years, however, and was less difficult for former viewers to pick up for the last episode. Source

Kendra's TV Hotspots of the Week: Lost Disappointment + TV Hope in Chuck, HIMYM, Glee & Parenthood

Welcome to a new week of TV! If you missed any of your SideReel editorial team's columns last week, and/or want to check out our bios and more, visit our editorial team page: Reel Critics . And now... it's the final week of TV finales! The only regular season show left to have its finale after this week is Glee , which will just barely tide us over until our fav summer shows start. So enjoy the week of thrilling finales, and don't forget to check our Summer TV Premieres Schedule to see when you can ease your TV sadness with awesome summer shows! Lost: The Final Disappointment I know everyone's just about all talked-out when it comes to the Lost series finale, but since I noted in last week's column how psyched I was for the finale, I thought I'd give a brief follow-up and declare I am among the disappointed. Yeah, yeah, I know it's impossible for a show so hyped up with its mysteries and reveals to have a satisfying ending, and I will say I liked most of the 2 1/2 hour episode, but I was super annoyed with the actual conclusion to the show. And... I still don't get it. I'd previously said that I'd be fine with the finale as long as it didn't end up with it being that they're all dead, and well, sure, the island events really happened, but to still have them all be dead and meeting up at the end? Here's my big sigh for the lack of inspiration behind that. I'll always love the journey of Lost, but I'm also going to remain the obnoxious, never-satisfied super fan because they made me that way! What did you think? Did you love it or hate it? Exciting Episodes of the Week I know a lot of you will be excited for finales I'm not into like 24 , Dancing with the Stars , and FlashForward , so don't forget to check out when they're all on here so you don't miss a thing! Chuck - This time it's the real deal - Chuck Season 3 finale! Since NBC had originally ordered 13 episodes for Chuck's 3rd season then ordered more, we already got the original season finale, and now we get another! While I feel like they floundered with the episodes after the original finale, last week's episode seemed to get back in stride and also definitely felt like a lead-up to a great finale. I'm very intrigued to see what will happen with Ellie now that she's gotten involved in the spy world, and also if we'll get any Chuck-Sarah developments or other cliffhangers. It's so nice to be able to enjoy it all with the knowledge that next season is a go! How I Met Your Mother - Baby Marsh-Lil?? Do they have a couple name or is it pointless when it basically just ends up being Marshall's name? Anyway about it, I'm excited to see how Marshall and Lily's secret pact to start trying to have a baby goes as I'm sure that'll be funny... until they really have a baby and there's the danger of them being the new lame Jim and Pam. But, since the finale's focused on them starting to try and also the possibility of finding Barney's doppelganger, it sounds like there's still plenty of funny! And it looks like there could be a hint of a cliffhanger from the episode summary's mention of Robin getting an offer for her dream job. Could we be left with the possibility of Robin moving away from the gang? Glee - Glee goes gaga! The only thing more exciting than NPH's guest star appearance last week was the promo for this week's Lady Gaga-themed episode (and the fact that we get 2 more Glee eps)! I'm a bit nervous because I felt like they overdid it with the excessive songs in the Madonna ep, but looks like there are less songs for this Gaga episode, so as long as there will be plenty of plot along with the fun music, I'm all about it! I'm also excited to see where they go next with the Rachel mom storyline - and while we're at it, can we actually meet her dads? Parenthood - This is one of those finales that's exciting because it's been a fantastic first season, but disappointing because it's been a fantastic first season and I'm not ready to let it go for the summer! This has been a surprise favorite for me out of the new freshman shows, and I'm really looking forward to seeing how all the family drama and love wraps up for its first chapter and gets us ready for the second. It's a show with one strong theme of family, hardships, and finding the humor in it all, so I'm interested to see if that'll just continue to be the focus for Season 2, or if some new angle will peek its head out in the finale. What are you most looking forward to this week on TV? The SideReel Editorial Team is on Twitter! Follow Kendra @sidereelKendra Follow Rachel @sidereelRachel Follow Alex @sidereelAlex Follow Dom @animereel You can also follow us on Twitter @sidereel for the big SideReel happenings and become a fan on Facebook . Last Week's Editorial Columns Kendra's TV Hotspots of the Week: I've got Finale Fever! Gossip Girl, 90210, House, Lost & More Alex's Reality Rant: 7 Reality TV Jerks I'd Totally Date If They Weren't Such Jerks Dom's Boy Meets Reel: The Boondocks is Back, and Still Unafraid Rachel's Get With the Program: Lost Link Mania, Make Your Fall Schedule Now

SideReel: This Week in TV - 5.23.2010

Check out this week's all new episode of "This Week in TV" with Kendra and Rachel. 3 Exciting Segments this week: Momentous Series Finales Finales/Premieres of the Week Announcements Give it a watch and tell us what you think! This Week in TV - 5.23.2010 You can find these videos from week to week on the TV tab OR in our "This Week in TV" section. Follow the whole team on Twitter: @sidereelKendra @sidereelRachel @sidereelAlex @animereel You like us Facebook! You really do!

Lost Star Jorge Garcia Pens Farewell To The Island

Sure, "Lost" has got take-charge Jack, beautiful Kate, smoldering Sawyer, badass Sayid and many more colorful characters that have spent time living (and often dying) on that mysterious island. Yet it'd be hard to argue that anyone but jolly Hugo "Hurley" Reyes is the show's fan favorite. He's a truth-teller, a voice of the fan at home, an honest do-gooder, a guy you just can't helping rooting for. So too has Jorge Garcia, who plays the teddy bear-like Hurley, become beloved amongst the zealous "Lost" fanbase. As the show hurtles toward its series finale on Sunday, Garcia penned an essay for Variety in which he reminisces about the casting process six seasons ago, shares memories of his time shooting in Hawaii and talks about filming the final episode. Here's an excerpt: "At 5 a.m. on April 24, I became unemployed," Garcia begins. "I just wrapped my six-season run on 'Lost.' The job that went above and beyond anything I could have imagined was over. ... "My last day on 'Lost' was also my longest: 20 hours. Without going into details, I can say the shoot was dangerous, physical and wet. But what could be more appropriate? How else could we end this epic show without an epic marathon night of shooting? At the end of it all we all remarked how we expected the end to be more emotional for us, but we were too tired to cry. Read more of this story @ MTV

Get With the Program: Lost Link Mania, Make Your Fall Schedule Now

Get with the Program was on break last Friday (did you miss me?) but fear not as this Friday we are back in action! Lost Link Mania This Sunday is - of course - the Series Finale of Lost . I have a feeling that even if you don't watch Lost you're aware of this, because there's no way that all of your friends who do watch Lost haven't been talking about it. Constantly. Sorry if this annoys you, but what can I say - shows like Lost - those that are so wholly original and engrossing and bizarre - are few and far between. Thus, when they do appear - they generate a cult following - and therefore, when they end forever - is a big effing deal! I not going to bother speculating how things will or should end. In fact, I'm hoping that all of my guesses about the way things will go down will be wrong. I want to be surprised and wowed, and I am going to be an optimist and trust in the show's creators that they'll give the fans a satisfying ending that uh...makes sense. No pressure, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse... But, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite Lost related links that I've seen turn up this week to prep yourselves for the upcoming finale. Check 'em out: The Entire Series of Lost Reenacted by Cats in One Minute (Hurley cat is the best!) The Best Lost Finale Party Invitation Ever Source The Loss of Lost: A Grieving Fan's Guide A really cool chart Lost Audition Tapes Send Lost ECard #1 From Someecards (displayed above) Send Lost ECard #2 From Someecards (displayed above) Printable Dharma Labels (You know you wanna prank a friend and Dharma-tize their whole kitchen...) Have Other Fun Links? Share 'em in comments! It's Never Too Early to Plan Your Fall Viewing Schedule Most, if not all of our favorite shows will have wrapped up their seasons by the end of next week, if they have not already. While, like I have mentioned previously, Summer TV has changed in the sense that there's quite a bit more good options to watch out there than there used to be, the major non cable networks (NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and The CW, kinda) still tend to save their best new shows for Fall. And - what do you know? - all of the networks held their Upfront Presentations this past week where they announced what all of these new Fall shows will be, as well as where on the schedule they will fall. I find this to be a really exciting time, as we can ponder what will be the next Lost (oh wait, there never will be another Lost, but there could be another show that is completely original and utterly engrossing - and for all you know it is in this bunch...), as well as what will be the next The Beautiful Life ( Hellcats , I am looking at you). Here on SideReel we've made a Fall TV Preview page where you can check out what each network has to offer, watch some previews and decide which shows you will (or won't) be added to your viewing schedules come Fall. Some shows I'll definitely have to sample before I can decide for sure. Others can be ruled out solely based upon a one sentence description. Anything crime-y or legal-esque on thanks. A show with Will Arnett and Keri Russell - I'm in! ( love them both!!! ) So...before I share my picks for what I think looks most promising for the Fall - take some time yourself to check out the descriptions and trailers and see what is interesting to you. Some might say it's crazy to start thinking about this NOW, since after all, you have until the end of September (more or less), but I think for a TV lover, it's never too early to get started! Fall TV Preview So I leave you with that homework assignment and one more: Follow Me on Twitter sidereelRachel (If you are not already, and I know you are...) Enjoy your weekends!

Lost DVD to Provide More Answers

Lost wraps up the most ambitious show in TV history this Sunday. But fans might have to wait until August to get resolutions to a few burning questions. According to an ABC insider, the season six DVD set will include “new content that addresses some of the unanswered questions in an entertaining way." While this sounds extraordinarily irritating - the show will make us wait and actually pay for answers?!? - I'll reserve judgment until after the finale airs. It's safe to assume all pertinent mythology and character issues will be wrapped up in proper fashion, so if the series wants to include a few DVD tidbits, viewers won't be forced to purchase anything in order to feel satisfied by the conclusion. In order to get psyched for the finale, watch a brief clip from it NOW and also enjoy the following, rap-based, fan-made video in honor of Lost: Source & Clip

Lost Series Finale Photos: "The End"

Are you ready for "The End?" Lost concludes the most ambitious television show in history this Sunday, with a two-hour extravaganza titled, aptly, "The End." What can you expect from it? ABC has revealed very little. But you can watch a brief clip HERE and you can return to TV Fanatic soon after the episode is over for a detailed recap and review of it. You can also enjoy a few early looks at scenes from the series finale below, via this photo montage: Source & More Photos

'Lost': Harold Perrineau discusses Michael's redemption

Harold Perrineau's return to "Lost" in Season 6 was a brief one, but he made the most of his time. His character, Michael Dawson -- or at least a manifestation thereof -- appeared to Hurley (Jorge Garcia) in "Everybody Loves Hugo" to apologize for having shot Libby (Cynthia Watros) as part of his effort to leave the Island with his son Walt (Malcolm David Kelley). Perrineau says it was important for Michael to get that final note of redemption. To Read More Click Here .

'Lost' auditions: Michael Emerson as Hurley?!

With all the hype surrounding the "Lost" series finale on Sunday, May 23, we've rounded up the auditions of all your favorite Losties. Some of them are auditioning for the roles they eventually got, but some of them are definitely not auditioning for the roles we've come to love them as. We already knew that Matthew Fox originally auditioned for Sawyer, but did you also know Yunjin Kim read for the part of Kate, Dominic Monaghan read for Sawyer and Michael Emerson read for Hurley? To Read More Click Here .

Evangeline Lilly Finds Love On 'Lost' Set Again - Starpulse

Lost star Evangeline Lilly has found love on the set of the desert island drama once more - she has fallen for a production assistant on the hit TV show. Production on the final series wrapped earlier this year and the stars are preparing to leave Hawaii, where the show was filmed, for good. However, Lilly will have her own personal memento to take home with her - 28-year-old production worker Norman Kali. A source tells the National Enquirer, "Lost certainly has been very good for Evie's love life." To Read More Click Here .