May 24, 2010 at 01:42 PM EDT

Image Credit: Mario Perez/ABCUPDATE: We interrupt your morning-after Lost finale debate to bring you some early ratings data from last night’s polarizing climax.

According to Nielsen, the two-and-a-half hour finale averaged a decent 13.5 million viewers and a 5.6 in the 18-49 demo. That marked the show’s highest rated telecast in two years, but it’s far from a record-breaking performance. The Lost clip show that preceded the swan song drew 9.8 million viewers.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled morning-after Lost finale debate.

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