ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Another episode, another record.
AMC’s “Breaking Bad” series finale snagged a series high rating of 10.3 million viewers on Sunday night, as viewers watched the conclusion to Walter White’s journey. According to Nielsen, the episode was up 3.7 million from the Aug. 22 show. That same night, Santa Fe native Anna Gunn and the series picked up Emmy Awards.
Among adults 18-49, “Breaking Bad” had 6.7 million viewers, which put it ahead of all broadcast premiere week programs.
Though the ratings were big, “Breaking Bad” never reached the heights of fellow AMC show “The Walking Dead,” which has a series high of 12.4 million viewers.
According to Nielsen, “Breaking Bad” has the third best series finale for a cable network, right behind “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City.”
“Breaking Bad,” which was based and filmed in Albuquerque is the exception to TV rules. Usually, as a show progresses, the viewership goes down. The AMC show didn’t quite find its footing until its third season and still only managed less than three million viewers.
(The first two seasons, the series was only averaging just more than a million viewers.)
Many TV experts attribute the spike in ratings are a result of the TV show being available on Netflix, which opened it up to a broader audience and allowed viewers to watch at their own speed.