The finale of Breaking Bad made good on two months of surging ratings, wrapping its five-season run on Sunday night with another record. An extended 75-minute episode of the AMC drama averaged 10.3 million viewers during its original 9 p.m. broadcast. That’s up from last week’s 6.6 million viewers and the fourth record audience brought in during the final eight episodes. The finale is only outranked by The Walking Dead as AMC’s most watched original broadcast to date.Despite the critical mass of attention for the Emmy winner’s swan song, Breaking Bad was up against its biggest competition of the season. The episode aired head-to-head against Sunday Night Football, scripted premieres on the Big Four and the return of Showtime’s Homeland.
Breaking Bad premiered on Jan. 20, 2008, to a modest 1.41 million viewers. The show only cracked the 2 million mark on one occasion during the first four seasons, but critical acclaim and a streaming deal with Netflix saw more and more viewers get turned on to the drama.
Companion series Talking Bad went out on its own high note, averaging 4.4 million viewers and 2.9 million adults 18-49.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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