Nielsens: Finales fare well

Goodbyes. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” finished its third season Sunday with its second-most-watched episode (5.4 million viewers), making it the week’s top non-sports cable show. NBC’s “Revolution” closed its first season later than most broadcast shows with 6.2 million viewers on Monday. ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” ended its five-season run Monday with 1.5 million viewers. Other cable season finales included Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” 2.4 million viewers on Sunday, and TBS’ “Men at Work,” 1.7 million on Thursday.

Newcomers. June opened with a number of series premieres. On ABC, “Mistresses” began its run with 4.4 million viewers on Monday. Cable debuts included USA’s “Graceland’ (3.3 million) on Thursday; ABC Family’s “The Fosters” (1.4 million) on Monday; TNT’s “The Hero” (1.5 million) and “72 Hours” (820,000) on Thursday; Lifetime’s “Pretty Wicked Moms” (802,000) on Tuesday; and TLC’s “The Good Buy Girls” (448,000 and 333,000) on Wednesday.

Back for more. Other shows returned for new seasons, including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” (11.2 million) on Tuesday, which trailed only NBC’s “The Voice” on Monday (11.3 million) for the week among non-sports shows. USA’s “Burn Notice” opened its final season Thursday with 4.3 million viewers, edging TNT’s two-hour “Falling Skies” premiere (4.2 million) on Sunday. Other premieres included: History’s “Mountain Men,” 3 million viewers on Sunday; MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” 2.4 million on Monday; and TLC’s “Toddlers & Tiaras,” 896,000 on Wednesday.

Starry nights. CBS’ Tony Awards broadcast Sunday brought in 7.3 million viewers, its best showing since 2009. The CMT Music Awards drew 2.8 million on Wednesday.

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