Chelsea Handler said goodbye to E! on Tuesday night with a star-studded hourlong sendoff that drew the show’s largest audience in a couple of years.
According to Nielsen estimates, “Chelsea Lately” averaged 1.003 million viewers, including 498,000 adults 18-49 — more than 60% higher than the show’s averages for its final full week (598,000 overall, including about 300,000 in the demo).
The latenight show, whose ratings have tailed off in recent years, hadn’t drawn this many viewers since the spring of 2012. And it’s the show’s largest young-adult tune-in in more than a year.
Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Miley Cyrus Gwen Stefani and Gerard Butler were among the many celebrities for the final “Chelsea Lately.” Handler announced in June that she would be leaving the E! show after seven years to create a latenight program for Netflix.
Elsewhere on the cable ratings front Tuesday, ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” may be down from its peak of a year ago but it’s far from out. The show’s summer finale averaged 2.29 million “live plus same-day” total viewers, and was the night’s No. 1 telecast in women 18-34 (2.3 rating, or 765,000) and females 12-34 (2.7 rating or 1.3 million), cable’s No. 1 show in women 18-49 (1.6 rating, or 1.1 million), and the top cable original in other categories including adults 18-49 (1.0 rating, or 1.3 million) and persons 12-34 (1.6 rating, or 1.5 million).
It was also summer’s No. 2 most-Tweeted scripted series telecast (890,954), behind only the show’s summer premiere (1.046 million).
At FX, “Tyrant” ended its first season down a bit week to week in adults 18-49 (0.53 rating, or 673,000 viewers) and up a bit in total viewers (to 1.52 million).
It was a consistent performer throughout its 10-episode run, opening with a 0.61 demo rating and then staying between 0.50 and 0.59 in eight of its final nine weeks.
The show, which is awaiting word on a second season, also was a huge gainer in DVR playback. In the most recent “Live +7″ data available (for the Aug. 4 episode), “Tyrant” more than doubled both its regular-timeslot 18-49 rating (0.50 to 1.03) and overall audience size (1.34 million to 2.72 million).
Overall, “Tyrant” is the summer’s No. 5-rated new cable series in 18-49.