Around 68,000 people got up at 5am yesterday to watch the Lost finale live, while many more who had recorded it watched it later

Some 68,000 die-hard fans of the long-running TV show Lost got up at 5am yesterday to watch the series finale, while many more recorded it and watched it later in the day, bringing the total UK viewing figure to 635,000.

In the US, 13m people watched the final episode, The End, which was simulcast on Sky1 here in the UK.

In the past month Lost, which normally airs on Sky1 at 9pm on Friday, has attracted between 500,000 and 575,000 viewers when the live audience and same-day timeshifted viewing are combined.

The US viewing figure for The End was the show's highest rating for two years.

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Sky experienced some technical difficluties with the simulcast from the US: on Sky1 the transmission cut out for the first few seconds, and on Sky's video-on-demand service, Sky Player, the live stream went down just before 6am.

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