The opener for the second half of the AMC show's season finale drew 5.9 million viewers, twice the number of audience for the season 5 premiere and the most in series history.
The high anticipation for "Breaking Bad" final episodes was evident in the number of audience for the show's return. According to AMC, the midseason opener averaged 5.9 million viewers on Sunday, August 11, breaking ratings record for the series.
It marks the most-watched episode in series history. In fact, the number shows 102% increase over the season 5 premiere last summer, which drew 2.93 million viewers. In adults 18-49 demo, the episode posted 3.6 million viewers, second only to "The Walking Dead" which still holds the record for this key demo across all cable networks.
"We are so pleased and gratified by viewer response to a historic four-premiere weekend on AMC," AMC's president and general manager, Charlie Collier, says in a press release. "For 'Breaking Bad' to continue to deliver record-setting ratings in its fifth and final season is remarkable."
"Breaking Bad" helped boost AMC's new series "Low Winter Sun", which premiered on Sunday at 10 P.M. after the Bryan Cranston-starring series. The Mark Strong headliner attracted 2.5 million viewers. It's followed by "Talking Bad" which features discussion of "Breaking Bad".
On the heels of the show's huge return, Jimmy Fallon teases a "Breaking Bad" spoof by posting a photo of him dressing as Cranston's Walter White. The parody will be featured on his "Late Night" show in September.