'Breaking Bad' Series Finale Breaks Ratings Record for Basic Cable

'Breaking Bad' Series Finale Breaks Ratings Record for Basic Cable

The AMC series' farewell episode was watched by over 10 million people, up 300 percent from last year's midseason finale.

All the anticipation for the "Breaking Bad" last episode culminated in a record-breaking series finale. Walter White's swan song which aired on Sunday, September 29 averaged 10.3 million viewers, with 6.7 million in adults 18-49 demo.

The number of total viewers was up from its previous series record of 6.6 million delivered by the penultimate episode last week. Improving 300% from the midseason finale which aired last fall, it becomes the most-watched series finale ever on basic cable. It also marks AMC's second most-watched broadcast ever behind "The Walking Dead" season 3 finale.

" 'Breaking Bad' is simply unique," says Charlie Collier, AMC president. "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."

Collier adds, "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."

Over at Showtime, "Homeland" fans apparently did not abandon the show altogether in favor of the much-talked about "Breaking Bad" ending. It's shown with the 1.9 million total viewers tuning into the season 3 premiere which aired opposite the "Breaking Bad" finale at 9 P.M. It's up 9% from last year's season 2 premiere

"Homeland" season opener was followed with the premiere of new series "Masters of Sex". The drama series based on true story of pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson was off to a solid start, with 1 million viewers watching it.

© AceShowbiz.com

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