The final episode drew an audience of 52.5 million people, when it was first shown in the USA. This was the fourth most watched finale in US television history. Interestingly, "The One After The Superbowl" (aired 28 January 1996), in season two, had higher figures with 52.9 million viewers.
When Rachel goes through the gate at the airport to fly to Paris, after Ross has told her he loves her and he wants her to stay, the guitar riff that plays is "Yellow Ledbetter" by Pearl Jam, which is the song that they play as a finale at the end of all their live shows.
9.64 million people have watched the tenth series finale of Friends in the UK. Since then, it made three records. First, it was the highest rated programme of 2004 for Channel 4 (UK's distributing Channel). Second, it was the highest rated non-British programme for Channel 4. Finally, it was one of the highest rated ever for Channel 4 (excluding films, sports and special events), alongside the third series finale of UK's Big Brother (2000), which attracted 10 million viewers - which was the highest rated for Channel 4.
The end credits play over stock footage of New York City's skyline and streets, all of which was used at various points in episodes throughout the series. This is the only episode in which this occurs; all other episodes without an epilogue scene use the opening credits footage of the cast around the fountain.