The May 6, 2004 finale of Friends aired immediately five years past, although it might as excellent have been from various bygone era spoken of only inclusive of wistful sighs. According to The Hollywood Reporter, some 52.5 million persons tuned into to watch Ross and Rachel re-re-rekindle their romance meantime Monica also Chandler moved out of their impossibly sweet Manhattan pad, making it the most-watched regular TV episode of the aughts. (Or the 2000s. or the 2Ks. Or the pardon-have-yous.)
The list is into fact a tad skewed, seeing as no show was allowed to repeat otherwise, at the to the lowest degree a little more American Idol moreover Survivor finales would’ve crowded their method in there. still, it’s telling that of the ten episodes listed, only single wasn’t a season premiere, season otherwise series finale, or post-Super Bowl event: The hour of ER while 39.4 million persons crowded around their televisions to see if Dr. John Carter and med student Lucy Knight would survive their attack seeing as a schizophrenic patient, which aired waaaay rear active Feb. 17, 2000.
I still remember that evening, as I do watching the Friends finale. although I moreover recollect my brain dripping seeing as my ears following the season three finale of lost on may 23, 2007, which earned into comparison a scant 13.9 million viewers. on Frasier, while Niles finally confessed his adore to Daphne active may 18, 2000, 33.7 million people tuned into, but while Jim also Pam lastly tied the knot active The Office this descend, just 9.4 million persons watched it. Yeah, I know, 9.4 million people is unmoving a lot of eyeballs, but I gotta wonder, if cable TV, video games, YouTube, Hulu, also DVR viewing weren’t eroding absent the very contemplation of the Television instant Witnessed by everybody At The equal time, pardon shows seeing as the latter fifty percent of this decade do you consider would be rubbing elbows on this directory inclusive of the likes of Joey moreover Phoebe? or was previously Friends also ER simply more naturally appealing to more people? Is thither extra episode since extra show that you think ought to’ve been the most viewed of the decade?