The 10 Most-Watched TV Series Finales Ever!

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Season 4 of The Walking Dead, which aired on Sunday, was viewed by 15.7 million people, making it one of the highest rated episodes of a television show ever aired on a cable channel. On Monday, the popular CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother aired its emotional series finale on Monday night, and while the show's ratings have not yet been announced, it's likely that neither of those broadcasts will make it onto this list of the 10 highest-rated TV series finales of all time.

So, check out this countdown of the scripted television series finales that captivated America, at a time when there weren't nearly as many channels and, in the case of most of these finales, the internet did not yet exist.