The series finale of M*A*S*H, a movie-length episode titled “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen,” celebrates its 39th anniversary today. It originally aired Monday, February 28th, 1983 on CBS. The episode earned a 60.2 Nielsen rating–a record it still holds–with roughly 106 million viewers tuning in.
CBS repeated “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” twice: on Monday, September 19th, 1983 and again on Tuesday, September 18th, 1984. It aired for the first time in local syndication in February 1993. The finale aired for the first time on cable in September 1998 when M*A*S*H debuted on FX.
Check out my Episode Spotlight review of “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” from October 2017. You can also read my Goodbye, Farewell and Amen Ratings Analysis and a review of the original CBS broadcast by fan Larry Petit.
Did you watch this historic broadcast 39 years ago? If not, when was the first time you saw the final episode of M*A*S*H? When was the last time you watched the series finale?