Bravo has declared Project Runway 5‘s finale and Leanne Marshall’s win was watched by “a whopping 7.158 total viewers,” but that’s how many people watched the actual broadcast and the repeat at 11 p.m. ET. However, the whole season–despite being weaker than all the ones that preceded it–was “the series’ highest rated season ever,” according to a Bravo press release.
At 9 p.m., opposite the final presidential debate, 4.787 million viewers watched, which would make this finale’s ratings lower than last season’s, when 5.181 million people watched Christian Siriano win. And that season was down from season three’s 5.363 million. Those ratings all include people who DVRed and watched the show later that day.
Still, the network points out that Project Runway 5 did better than last season overall, as it “averaged 2.378 million adults 18-49 (vs. 2.286 million) and 3.580 million total viewers (vs. 3.294 million).”