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'Breaking Bad' premiere breaks big for AMC

August 12, 2013|By Ryan Faughnder
  • Actors Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston attends The Film Society of Lincoln Center and AMC Celebration of "Breaking Bad" final episodes at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theatre in New York City.
Actors Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston attends The Film Society of Lincoln… (Neilson Barnard / Getty…)

It looks like "Breaking Bad" is delivering the goods for AMC. 

Sunday night's episode of "Breaking Bad," the season premiere of the show's final run, drew 5.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen. This was the biggest debut in the show's history.

That's more than double the number that tuned in for last summer's Season 5  premiere, according to numbers from Nielsen. 

The show, which telecast from 9 to 10 p.m., brought 3.6 million viewers in the key adults 18-49 demographic.

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This will be the sixth and final season of the critically lauded show, starring Bryan Cranston as a struggling chemistry teacher who rises to power in the illicit drug industry. 

Sunday's was the first of eight episodes in the final season. 

The premieres have become significantly bigger events over the years, preceded by large marketing campaigns.

The fifth season premiere jumped in viewership from Season 4's maiden episode by about 83%. 

The strong numbers for "Breaking Bad" helped boost numbers for the show following it, "Low Winter Sun," which averaged 2.5 million viewers. 

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