Breaking Bad Finishes Strong, Sets Ratings Record


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Breaking Bad fans really tuned in for the series finale of the popular drama, giving it a record number of viewers. Breaking Bad has been one of the most popular shows in the last five years and has some very dedicated fans as well. The series tells the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a former high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer. As a way to pay for treatments, he turns to cooking meth and soon forms a partnership with Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), as they work together to make millions and continually work to avoid the DEA.

The show ended a five year run on AMC last night, and in order to heat up the intensity of the show, the fifth season was even split into two parts. While the show normally had 13 episodes per season, the fifth season was given 16 episodes and was split up over two summers. It even gained enough popularity over its run to get a spin-off featuring the show's dirty lawyer, Saul Goodman, and will be called Better Caul Saul.

It certainly went out with a bang, and could not have ended any better. The series gained 10.3 million viewers for the final episode, which was by far the most watched episode in the show's five year run, according to The Washington Post. This was also much more than the numbers generated for the season five part 1 finale, which only had 2.3 million viewers. These numbers also do not count for the people who DVR the show, or watch it online, which would likely raise the numbers much higher. These numbers also make it the third highest series finale of all time on a cable network, behind The Sopranos and Sex and The City.

There were 1.2 million tweets about Breaking Bad last night, the most for any show last week. This is big news for cable television and for dramas that continue to attract a large audience of dedicated fans. Breaking Bad is a show like no other and has been hailed by many critics and cited by fans as one of the greatest shows of all time. While this show is immensely popular now, it has taken a while for some people to get into it and Netflix has been a big help for that, as people recently have begun to binge watch for certain shows, Breaking Bad especially. Entertainment Weekly mentions that Breaking Bad sounded like an epic downer. Many needed to have a friend, or several friends, persuade them to give the show a chance.

If you have not seen the finale, or have not begun the series, it is highly advisable that you do so. It gets addicting very quickly, and you will not want to stop. You have been warned.

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