‘Breaking Bad’ Finale Gets Biggest Audience in Series History

by | September 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM | Breaking Bad, TV News

Bryan Cranston starred in the series finale of "Breaking Bad" Sunday night on AMC (Photo: AMC)

Sunday’s series finale of “Breaking Bad” drew 10.3 million viewers at 9/8c on AMC, surpassing last season’s finale by 300 percent, AMC said Monday.

It was a huge number for the acclaimed series’ final episode, and the kind of audience that shows on basic cable don’t usually achieve.

But it wasn’t too surprising either. The series finale of “Breaking Bad” got the biggest publicity build-up of any TV show in recent memory.

The effort was, in fact, masterful. And despite strong competition from such shows as “Homeland,” “The Good Wife” and NFL football on NBC, “Breaking Bad” drew a huge audience.

AMC also noted that 4.4 million viewers stuck around for its “Breaking Bad” after-show, “Talking Bad,” starting at 10:15/9:15 eastern time.

The ‘Breaking Bad’ series finale: Our coverage so far:
‘Breaking Bad’ Finale: A Lot of Blood, And Revenge Served Cold
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Comcast subscribers: Click on the pic to watch Sunday night’s “Talking Bad” after-show:

Bryan Cranston (right) in a scene in the series finale of "Breaking Bad," with Laura Fraser and Jesse Plemons (Photo: AMC)