32nd Anniversary of Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

Where were you 32 years ago today? Were you watching “Goodbye, Farewell an Amen” during its original broadcast on CBS? More than 60 percent of all television households in the country tuned in for that historic broadcast on Monday, February 28th, 1983.

Roughly 105.9 million viewers were watching that night, which makes “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” the seventh most-watched television broadcast in the United States behind six Super Bowl games. Its 60.2 Nielsen rating makes it by far the highest-rated, however.

The last time I watched the series finale was January 2007. When was the last time you saw it?


  • Joe says:

    I watched it in its original broadcast in Feb. 1983.

    • Crabapple Cove says:

      Same here. I had tired of M*A*S*H in general by Season 8 or so, but I avidly watched Season 11 and eagerly awaited GFA.

  • Anthony says:

    I am not sure if I saw it the first time round, but I saw it last night. In England the station True Entertainment and showing all the episodes, 2 a night. I think that they have shown everything twice and are about to show them again.

  • Got my homework done in time to catch the 4077’s final goodbyes.

  • Jon says:

    I was a senior in high school then, and I remember watching this, perhaps while doing some homework that didn’t take full concentration. The local ABC affiliate had MASH rerun rights at the time, and it preempted whatever ABC had scheduled at 7 PM CT with a rerun of the pilot, with the local announcer promoting it by stating something like “Before you watch the last episode of MASH [on another station], watch the first episode.”, so my parents & I did just that, getting 3 hours of MASH that night.
    At some point, either when it was on ABC or in syndication, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire had as a high-dollar question ($500K or $1M): “What did CBS air right before the last episode of MASH?”. I don’t remember the choices offered other than the right answer, and I didn’t watch it, but I remembered that CBS aired a new episode of Alice in that timeslot. I wish I’d been in the chair that night. 🙂

  • dapriz says:

    I watched it the night it aired for the first time too. Our CBS affiliate showed the first MASH right before it, giving us a chance to see how much things had changed. I was just starting high school at the time. A fitting finale to a great series.

  • Raymund Baraquil says:

    The first time I was watching the series finale of MASH was in 2008, then I watched it all over and over again because I was seeing it on fX, Hallmark Channel, TV Land, and MeTV. I do not want to get the VHS tape because it has no logo at the end as well as the laserdisc because I do not have a laserdisc player. I liked the DVD because this has too many bonus features than the out-of-print VHS. Starting in 2002, FOX home entertainment released the first 2 seasons of MASH. In 2003, Fox Home Entertainment released the next 2 seasons but with a bundle of MASH Seasons 1-4. But in 2004, MASH had stopped releasing these seasons on VHS, but with the next 2 seasons of the show itself. But in 2005, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released the next 2 seasons and a bundle of MASH Seasons 1-9. But in 2006, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released the last two seasons of the show itself but with MASH: The Martinis and Medicine Collection (Complete Series and MASH 1970 movie). But in spring 2007 (May 15th release date) (same day the Golden State Warriors lost to the Utah Jazz for that Western Conference team Utah Jazz to win the series 4-1 after beating the Golden State Warriors) was the series finale of MASH: ”Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen”. Because the show is more than 125 million viewers, 2 1/2 hour TV movie, and a very good show to watch to relive my past days.

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