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Ratings: Rescue Me Ends on Solid Note; GOP Debate Gets Biggest Audience on Cable

Rescue Me's series finale pulled 2.33 million viewers, the most since the Season 4 finale, FX's research department said Thursday.

Douglas J Rowe

Rescue Me's series finale pulled 2.33 million viewers, the most since the Season 4 finale, FX's research department said Thursday.

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Over the course of its seventh and final season, the show averaged 1.49 million viewers — a 10 percent improvement over its penultimate season (1.35 million) and 3 percent over Season 5 (1.45 million). Of course, Rescue Me's haulpales in comparison to Tuesday's Sons of Anarchy Season 4 premiere, which drew 4.94 million.

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The biggest audience Wednesday night on cable, however, went to the debate among Republican presidential hopefuls on MSNBC (5.41 million). A close second: Storage Wars, with 5.33 million (and the night's highest demo rating, 2.1) on A&E.

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Bravo also crowed Thursday that Season 5 finale of Flipping Outon Tuesday delivered its highest-rated episode in series' history in key demos and The Rachel Zoe Project enjoyed its highest-rated season premiere ever in key demos.

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According to Nielsen Media Research, Flipping Out lured 1.76 million viewers, of whom 1.14 million were in the demo, up 54 percent and 62 percent respectively compared with the last season-ender. Zoe's Season 4 debut attracted 1.26 million viewers, of whom 801,000 were in the demo, an increase of 29 percent and 24 percent respectively vs. the Season 3 debut.