Airing against the closing ceremony of the London Olympics, the season one finale of A&E’s breakout drama series Longmire drew 4.3 million total viewers and a 1.6 million adults 25-54 on Sunday. The latter was a series high for the crime drama, which has already been renewed for a second season. (In total viewers, the series couldn’t match its series high of 4.55 million viewers but was up from the previous time it faced the Olympics.)
Longmire, which ranks as A&E’s No.1 original drama series ever in total viewers and adults 25-54, has averaged 4.0 million total viewers per premiere episode and 5.4 million in Live+7 viewing (through its first 8 episodes). Leading into Longmire’s closer was the third season finale of The Glades, which was watched by 3.1 million viewers, 1.2 million of them in the adults 25-54 demo. That was close to the comedic drama’s season average. A&E is yet to make a decision on but the network’s brass likes the show, the first of its new crop of scripted originals to get traction, and a renewal appears a strong possibility.