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Lynette Rice
March 28, 2011 AT 07:34 PM EDT

Last night’s episode of Army Wives that addressed the death of a fallen comrade was one for (the Lifetime) history books: It attracted 4.8 million total viewers, the most-watched episode ever in the series’ history. The episode titled “On Behalf of a Grateful Nation” also lured 3.4 million women and 4.5 million adults over the ages of 18.

So far this year, the Lifetime drama ranks No. 1 on basic cable among women 18-49, women 25-54 and adults 18-49.

Army Wives stars Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Brigid Brannagh, and Catherine Bell.

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