The much touted series finale of “Breaking Bad” delivered a record number of viewers for the series, according to a Sept. 30, 2013 media announcement from AMC. “Breaking Bad,” starring Bryan Cranston as a teacher turned meth kingpin, aired the series finale on Sun., Sept. 29, 2013. The finale episode delivered a series record of 10.3 million viewers, up over last year’s season finale by a whopping 300%, according to AMC.
The series finale was followed by a expanded one-hour edition of “Talking Bad,” which delivered 4.4 million viewers, including 2.9 million adults 18-49. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, “Talking Bad” analyzes and examines every detail of Breaking Bad’s final eight episodes with special guests, including actors, producers, fans and more. Each episode is recapped and discussed by people in the know.
“Breaking Bad is simply unique,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president stated in the press release. “It all starts with Vince Gilligan who really only ever asked for one thing – the opportunity to end the show on his own terms. That is exactly what Vince did last night and, as always, brilliantly so. Congratulations to Vince and to every single person involved in this remarkable journey. We’re proud that AMC will forever be known as the birthplace and home of this iconic show and, at the same time, we tip our Heisenberg hat to the fans who made this a truly shared experience.”
The results were based upon statistics from Nielsen Media Research fast nationals. The 9 p.m. airing of “Breaking Bad” garnered 6.5 HH rating with 10.3 million viewers, including 6.7 million Adults 18-49 and 5.6 million Adults 25-54. The 10:15 p.m. airing of “Talking Bad” got a 2.9 HH rating with 4.4 million viewers, including 2.9 million Adults 18-49 and 2.4 million Adults 25-54.
Bryan Cranston Tweet, “Well, this is it… Thank you for sharing this ride with me…”
The series finale also set records for the show on Twitter, boasting 1.24 million Tweets from 601,370 unique users during the live broadcast window of both the EST and PST telecasts, according to AMC. The show hit a peak of 22,373 Tweets-per-minute just as the final episode began in the East, and a Bryan Cranston Tweet, “Well, this is it… Thank you for sharing this ride with me…” has generated more than 51,000 Retweets and nearly 34,000 Favorites so far.
Over the course of the night, Worldwide and United States trending topics on Twitter related to the show included #GoodbyeBreakingBad, #AMC, #BreakingBad, #BreakingBadFinale, #Heisenberg, #HelloGretchen and #GoodbyeLydia.
From acclaimed writer, producer, director Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad” is produced by Sony Pictures Television with Mark Johnson (Gran Via) and Michelle MacLaren serving as executive producers.
“Breaking Bad” first premiered on AMC in January 2008 and follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a mild mannered high school chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn), teenage son Walter Jr. (Mitte) who has cerebral palsy and a new baby girl. White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given the bad news of a prognosis of two years left to live. Knowing that he is going to die anyway gives White a new sense of fearlessness and he wants to gain financial security for his family to live on after his death. White chooses to enter a dangerous world of drugs and crime and ascends to power in this world.
The series explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White’s releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild-mannered family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.
Breaking Bad has garnered ten Emmy® Award wins. including the 2013 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series. Over the course of the series, Bryan Cranston has won three Emmys, Aaron Paul has won two Emmys and Anna Gunn has won one Emmy. The series has also won and a Peabody, and been named to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of the “Top 10 Programs of the Year” (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012).
Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as Walter White; Aaron Paul as Jesse; Anna Gunn as Skyler White; Dean Norris; Betsy Brandt; RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk.
“Talking Bad” is hosted by Chris Hardwick and produced by Michael Davies’ Embassy Row with Sony Pictures Television serving as the studio partner.
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