The fifth, and penultimate, season finale of FX‘s drama Justified copped a crowd 2.37 million strong, according to Nielsen. That’s a 5% uptick compared with the show’s Season 4 finale, back when viewers did not know it was coming to an end at Season 6. Ditto the demo numbers — a 0.8 rating compared vs 0.7 a year ago. But the season wrapper was no match for the season starter in January; that clocked 2.84 million viewers and a 1.1 demo rating.
Justified, like other FX original drama series, jumps noticeably when delayed viewing is added to the mix. Last April, when the dust settled, more than 3.82 million viewers had watched that Season 4 finale, according to Nielsen’s Live+7 numbers ( a 70% jump over the 2.25 million initially reported). That Season 4 finale nonetheless wound up short of the 3.95 million who watched the Season 3 ender. (more…)