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Breaking Bad draws record ratings, lifts Badfinger's 'Baby Blue'

They saved the best for last. Plus: No Journey.


They saved the best for last. Plus: No Journey.



The numbers are in, and it looks like the Breaking Bad drew a record audience of 10.3 million viewers for the 9 p.m. time slot alone, almost 4 million more than its previous record, which was set the week before. Netflix should get royalty payments for that.

Continuing its trend of growing its audience each week as it rocketed to its finale Sunday night, Breaking Bad finished on top in the coveted 18-to-49 demographic, The Hollywood Reporter says. That 10.3 million is better than the 6.6 million total viewers for the penultimate episode, and up 300 percent over the fifth season's first half finale, in which Hank discovers Walt is Heisenberg. (Oops, spoilers.)

Speaking of spoilers, not everything is cheery among Bad fans. It seems some rocket scientist at Entertainment Weekly decided tweeting a blow-by-blow account of what was happening at 9 p.m. was a great idea. Never mind all those people on the West Coast, or working nights, or otherwise occupied, all of whoe seem to think someone should be fired. Then again, if you know there are 10 million people all watching the very same thing at once, perhaps checking Twitter isn't the brightest idea.

Other people seemed pretty unhappy that AMC was showing so many commercials during an already-lengthened 75-minute episode. Considering Ad Age said the network was charging anywhere between $200,000 and $400,000 per 30-second spot, can you blame them? And did anyone else notice St. Pete mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman was one of them?

But the biggest winner of all may be ill-fated British rock group Badfinger. Their 1972 single Baby Blue played out Walter White and landed on the iTunes best sellers list. It was somewhere around No. 22 by Monday afternoon, appropriately with a bullet.

[Last modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 3:34pm]


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