It was no tightrope walk. But AMC’s Mad Men finale ratings Sunday evening were the highest in the show’s history.

The sixth season finale had 2.7 million viewers. That’s up just a tad from the fifth season closer last year. Overall the show is averaging 2.5 million this season.

AMC’s president praised the numbers: “There is nothing else on television like Mad Men, and for the series in its sixth season to deliver the highest-rated finale ever – and an episode that critics and fans have already declared an instant classic – is a testament to everyone who brings this world to life,” said Charlie Collier. Check out our post-finale interview with creator Matt Weiner.

Sunday offered a few major episodes in addition to Mad Men. There was the premiere of Lifetime’s Devious Maids, along with the debut of ABC’s Whodunit and NBC’s Crossing Lines. Plus there was Discovery’s live tightrope walk across the Grand Canyon, which also set a record with 8.5 million viewers.

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