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‘Longmire’ season finale scores big; awaits renewal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Walt Longmire and crew ended the season with a ratings win.

The crime drama, which is filmed at Garson Studios in Santa Fe, wrapped its second season on Monday night with some record ratings.

Walt Longmire's nameplate.

Walt Longmire’s nameplate.

According to Nielsen ratings, averaged 4.2 million viewers with its finale. The ratings easily make the hour-long drama the most-watched scripted show to date for the A&E cable network.

“Longmire” is second in ratings only to reality show juggernaut “Duck Dynasty.”

The series is based off of the “Walt Longmire” mystery novels by Craig Johnson. The show stars Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire. It also stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Katee Sackhoff, Bailey Chase and Adam Bartley.

Production is based in Santa Fe and films on location in northern New Mexico, which doubles for Wyoming.

The show follows Walt Longmire, the sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyo. Longmire is an old-school type of sheriff, one who drives an older vehicle and doesn’t have a cellphone.

During the course of the show, Longmire has had to solve cases while dealing with life after his wife’s death.

He’s also dealing with Branch Connally, played by Chase – a new and flashy type of deputy – wanting to challenge him for his sheriff position.

According to Nielsen again, “Longmire’s” ratings rose when DVR playbacks were averaged in – 5.4 million viewers to be exact.

The show has grown about six percent since last year, but has’t been renewed for a third season from A&E.

Deputy "The Ferg" Ferguson, played by Adam Bartley is also housed at Garson Studios in Santa Fe.

Deputy “The Ferg” Ferguson, played by Adam Bartley is also housed at Garson Studios in Santa Fe.

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