The final ratings report is now available, and it reveals that "24: Live Another Day" did not, in fact, enjoy a ratings gain for its penultimate episode.

Update: For the second consecutive week, the adults 18-49 rating for FOX’s “24: Live Another Day” endured a downward adjustment in the final Nielsen report.

That means Monday’s episode, which was the limited event series’ penultimate broadcast, drew the same 1.4 adults 18-49 rating that has become the norm.

Viewership, however, rose slightly to 5.96 million.
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While the number could face the same downward adjustment that last week’s endured, as of right now, the rating for this week’s penultimate installment of “24: Live Another Day” exceeds that posted by last week’s broadcast.

According to Nielsen Fast National data, Monday’s episode drew a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating with 6.00 million viewers. Last week’s edition, which drew a 1.5 with 5.76 million viewers in the comparable fast nationals, closed with a 1.4 and 5.72 million viewers in the final Nielsen report.

Far from a ratings winner, “24: Live Another Day” has nonetheless been a source of vast critical acclaim. Not since the Emmy-winning fifth season has a “24″ installment resonated so strongly with reviewers.

The question now becomes whether those good reviews, promising time-shifted viewership and awareness of the summer’s impact on ratings will compensate for the mediocre live-plus-same-day ratings.

The “Live Another Day” finale airs next week.

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