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"Breaking Bad": Finale breaks series' ratings record

Melissa Hayer Published: September 30, 2013
"Breaking Bad" cast: (L-R) Mike (Jonathan Banks), Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt), Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walter White, Jr. (RJ Mitte) - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC
"Breaking Bad" cast: (L-R) Mike (Jonathan Banks), Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt), Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walter White, Jr. (RJ Mitte) - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

The finale of AMC’s hit “Breaking Bad” delivered a series-record 10.3 million viewers, including 6.7 million adults 18-49.

Ratings for the show’s final episode were up 300 percent over last year’s finale, according to a news release, and an expanded one-hour “Talking Bad” aftershow brought in 4.4 million viewers, including 2.9 million adults 18-49.

“Breaking Bad is simply unique,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in the news 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.”

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