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TNT: 'The Closer' sets finale record

Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Johnson in

Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Johnson in "The Closer." Credit: TNT

The Aug. 13 finale of "The Closer" was a big deal - we can all agree on that - but who knew it would be a record-breaking deal? Per TNT, it was just that. According to the wizardry of seven-day plus - Nielsen's cumed calculation of real-time viewing as well as time-shifted viewing on DVRs, etc. - the finale was seen by 11.2 million viewers, making it the most watched series finale in basic cable history. It slipped past previous record-holder "Monk," at 10.6 million. "Closer's" closing helped "Major Crimes," which launched with 9.5 million viewers, itself the most viewed new series launch in basic cable history, per TNT. 


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