A&E's Longmire finished its freshman season Sunday with a ratings bang, drawing more than 4 million viewers, the network announced Monday.
The modern western-themed drama averaged 4.3 million viewers and a record 1.6 million adult 25-54 viewers during its finale, against stiff competition from NBC's coverage of the Olympics games closing ceremony. Overall, the series, starring Robert Taylor as Sheriff Walt Longmire, averaged 4 million viewers per episode during its first season, and 5.4 million viewers based on Live +7 viewing through the first eight of 13 episodes, said the network.
The series also stands as A&E's number one original drama series of all time among total viewers and adults 25-54, said network officials.
A&E recently renewed Longmire for a second season, which will premiere in 2013.
Also, the third season finale of A&E drama series The Glades Sunday was watched by 3.1 million viewers, up 3% from the third season average. The episode was also watched by 1.2 million adults 25-54.
Overall, the third season was watched by an average 3 million viewers per episode, up 15% versus its sophomore campaign, and 4.1 million total viewers based on Live+7 viewing through the season's first eight episodes, said network officials.