AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” premiered with 2.9 million viewers during its first broadcast at 8 p.m. on Sunday.
The tally was a 14 percent more than last summer’s debut and goes down as the most-watched episode to date. The number also matches the fourth season’s finale.
AMC also streamed the episode to Dish subscribers after the satellite company dropped the channel two weeks ago.
In “Breaking Bad,” — which is set and filmed in Albuquerque — Bryan Cranston plays White, a chemistry teacher turned meth dealer.
Over the course of four seasons, the series has become a force in popular culture worldwide.
Various magazines like People, Newsweek and New York Magazine have hailed it as one of the best shows on TV today.
Entertainment Weekly named the show to its annual “Must Watch Summer List.”
Additionally, “Breaking Bad” saw a 34 percent season over season gain among adults 18-49, with 1.9 million tuning into the broadcast.