ABC buries Alias finale

Alias left the air forever last night, but audiences denied knowing it existed.

Instead of giving the show a normal send-off, ABC moved the finale to Monday and pitted it against the season finales of 24 and TV's number-one sitcom, Two and A Half Men. Even Sydney Bristow couldn't get out of that kind of fix.

In the 9 p.m. time slot, 24 stole the show with the second half of its two-hour blowout. The Fox action finale scored 5.9 rating.

CBS followed with the finales of Two and A Half Men, at 5.2, and The New Adventures of Old Christine, at 4.5.

Coming in third was The Donald with the penultimate Apprentice episode of the season, at 4.0, and limping into fourth, with a meager 2.6, was the final episode of the 5-year-old Alias.

Last season, Alias had seen a ratings bump when it was coupled with the other J.J. Abrams show, Lost, which was on its way to becoming a ratings powerhouse. When ABC separated Lost and Alias at the beginning of the 2005-2006 season, sliding in the new--and newly canceled--Invasion in Alias' place, the spy series took a ratings dive.

In case you missed it, the Alias finale is available online at ABC's Web site.

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