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'Breaking Bad' breaks ratings record in finale curtain-raiser

August 12, 2013|By Greg Braxton
  • Dean Norris, left, and Bryan Cranston "Breaking Bad."
Dean Norris, left, and Bryan Cranston "Breaking Bad." (Frank Ockenfels / Associated…)

"Breaking Bad," breaking records.

The intenseĀ  hype surrounding the final episodes of AMC' acclaimed "Breaking Bad" paid off big-time. The launch of the series' final eight episodes on Sunday was the most-watched in the drama's history, scoring 5.9 million viewers.

The tune-in was 102% over the viewership for the fifth season premiere last summer, said the network.

The ratings also gave a strong boost to the premiere of AMC's new police drama, "Low Winter Sun," which followed the "Breaking Bad" episode. "Low Winter Sun" pulled in 2.5 million viewers, while "Talking Bad" -- the discussion show about "Breaking Bad," which also debuted Sunday -- attracted 1.2 million viewers.

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