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Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 05/31/2012

History breaks own ratings record with conclusion of ‘Hatfields & McCoys’

Sally McCoy (Mare Winningham) and Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton) in “Hatfields & McCoys.” (Chris Large - CHRIS LARGE)
History officially broke its own ratings record with the third and final night of the channel’s “Hatfields & McCoys” miniseries. The last installment on Wednesday night landed 14.3 million viewers, which means that it’s now the most-watched, non-sports telecast on ad-supported cable in history.

The previous record-holder for that title was, of course, the first night of “Hatfields & McCoys,” which aired on Memorial Day, attracting about 13.9 million people. The second night of the Western miniseries dipped a bit, but still scored a huge 13.1 million audience on Tuesday.

Starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as members of the epic dueling families, “H&C” once again copped more viewers than anything on the broadcast networks. A new episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” and a rerun of “CSI” came closest, each with about 7 million viewers.

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