Home Uncategorized “Breaking Bad” Series Finale Scores Whopping 10.3 Mil Viewers

The broadcast networks wanted to know where everyone was last night. Well, they were watching “Breaking Bad” on AMC on cable. The series finale was up 300% from the last “Breaking Bad” season finale in the key demo. The total viewing number was 10.3 million. At the same time– 9pm– 1.9 million people were watching the return of “Homeland” on Showtime.

This means that aside from football games, “Breaking Bad” had the most number of actual viewers than the totals for the night on CBS, ABC, and Fox. NBC won the night with 15.9 million people watching the NFL.

Of course, it was a one time thing. AMC could only wish “Breaking Bad” had more episodes. Now they will return to shows like “The Walking Dead” and wait for seven episodes of  “Mad Men” each in 2014 and 2015. But this was a phenomenon that built week after week.

Who could have imagined that Dr. Tim Watley–actor Bryan Cranston– would go from being a a dentist who becomes Jewish for the jokes to Malcolm’s nutty father to an insane meth dealer dying of cancer? Only in America.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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