Ratings: CSI: Vegas Draws 2nd-Biggest Audience Ever With Series Finale

CBS’ CSI: Vegas hit the jackpot while getting ushered out of the casino by security.

With its unplanned series finale on Sunday night, the procedural rose 16% in audience to deliver a 4.8 million total viewers, its second-largest audience ever. (Note: A previous version of this story suggested it was the largest.)

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Opening CBS’ Sunday slate, 60 Minutes delivered 7 million total viewers. The Equalizer (6.4 mil) with its season finale was up 14% in audience to mark a 5-episode high, while Tracker (7.4 mil, TVLine reader grade “A”; get Season 2 scoop) ticked up 5% with its freshman finale and was, as usual, Sunday’s most-watched program.

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Turning to Friday night’s finales….

CBS’ SWAT (4.4 mil/0.3, TVLine reader grade “A,” get Season 8 scoop) and Blue Bloods (5.3 mil/0.3, reader grade “A-“) both hit multi-week audience highs, while Fire Country (5.2 mil/0.4, reader grade “B+,” get Season 3 scoop) veritably matched its second-largest of the season and also ticked up in the demo.

Elsewhere on Friday, Fox’s SmackDown (2.2 mil/0.6) was steady and ABC’s Jeopardy! Masters (4.1 mil/0.3) added viewers week-to-week.

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