Say goodnight, Smash fans! The musical series aired its swan song on May 26, and we’ve officially come to the end of a long, glittering road paved with heartbreak, excitement and disappointment—and that’s just talking about the audience!
The two-part series finale earned 2.4 million viewers, with a 0.5 rating share in the key demo. TVLine reports that the show averaged 9 million viewers during Season 1, while the struggling second season wiggled its way through the spring with around 2 million viewers (give or take…mostly take).
But how about that finale, huh!? In the end, Bombshell bested Hit List, which is absolutely the only acceptable outcome for a show into which we’ve invested two years of attention. Ivy scored a Tony (and the ostensible faithfulness of her baby daddy Derek), Jimmy found redemption (and a sense of propriety manifested in his going steady with Karen), Julia and Tom enjoyed one last moment of shared success (not to mention the worst Tony speech ever), Eileen saw her sacrifices pay off (quite literally, actually) and Leigh Conroy demonstrated the best fake-smile the Tonys have ever seen.
All in all, it was a heartwarming send-off for a show that, despite its many peanut-flavored flaws, put Broadway in the national spotlight for two exciting, buzzed-about years. We’ll miss the drama—and talking about the drama. If nothing else, Smash will make one hell of a binge-watch one day.