Ratings: Breaking Bad Caps Top-Rated Season With Biggest Finale to Date

Breaking Bad‘s shocking and satisfying Season 4 finale drew 1.9 million total viewers with its initial 10 pm airing, marking a 19 percent increase from the acclaimed AMC drama’s Season 3 closer and thus the show’s most-watched finale to date.

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Of that tally, 1.2 million viewers fell into the coveted 18-40 demo, coming up shy of the series’ all-time high, which was set with the Season 4 premiere.

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Folding in the finale’s two Sunday-night encores, the total audience rose to 2.9 million viewers, solidly capping the show’s highest-rated season ever, which was up 24 percent in the demo versus the third cycle.