10. SPIN CITY, May 24, 2000, 32.8 million viewers
Not the season finale, but the final episode starring Michael J. Fox, who left the show because of his worsening Parkinson's symptoms.
9. EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, May 16, 2005, 32.9 million viewers
The series finale for Ray Romano's long-running sitcom went off the air as a top 10-ranked show among total viewers. It ended with the Barones laughing around the dinner table.
8. FRASIER, May 18, 2000, 33.7 million viewers
The 7th season finale of the "Cheers" spin-off was filled with suspense over Niles Crane's confession of love for Daphne Moon on the eve of her wedding.
7. WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE, May 3, 2000, 36 million viewers
Three "Millionaire" episodes from the same week in May are clumped together on the most watched list as Regis fever swept the country. ABC was criticized for airing this flashy new game show three or even four nights a week. Though we'll never know if the network's scheduling saturation was to blame for the show's demise two years later or if the game show's popularity with viewers was destined to be short-lived.
6. GREY'S ANATOMY, February 5, 2006, 38 million viewers
The post-Super Bowl episode with guest star Christina Ricci as a paramedic with her hand on the trigger of a bomb that's inside her patient.
5. AMERICAN IDOL, January 16, 2007, 38.1 million viewers
The 6th season premiere. The Minneapolis episode opened the season that Jordin Sparks would eventually win and introduced the world to Sanjaya.
4. ER, February 17, 2000, 39.4 million viewers
The car crash that left Lucy Knight and John Carter gravely injured after they were attacked by a schizophrenic patient.
3. JOE MILLIONAIRE, February 17, 2003, 40 million viewers
The Fox reality show with the meanest twist in television history. Evan Marriott was a construction worker who was to put on a facade that he was a millionaire looking for a wife. At the end of the Bacheloresque show Zora Andrich was told the truth and their relationship didn't last, neither did the show.
2. SURVIVOR: PALAU, August 23, 2000, 51.7 million viewers
"Survivor" was a new reality show that premiered in the dead of summer. During it's 2 hour season finale viewers expected tough whitewater rafting guide Kelly Wiglesworth to triumph over scheming corporate trainer Richard Hatch, but sometimes bad guys win.
1. FRIENDS, May 6, 2004, 52.5 million viewers
The series finale of "Friends" for me was bitter-sweet. The forever end to my favorite comedy show, but the inspiration for my husband's proposal. Following the finale my husband proposed the same way Monica proposed to Chandler it was brilliant!
The final "Friends" was the most-watched entertainment telecast in 6 years, and it has never been surpassed. A finale that stayed true to the series, the "Friends" closer was well liked by fans and concluded with slow pan across Monica and Chandler's empty apartment.