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'Breaking Bad' finale ratings: 9 facts (Poll)

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09/30/2013 by Corinne Heller

How many people watched the series finale of "Breaking Bad" on Sunday?

Cable network AMC has released the final numbers. They are as follows:

1. A total of 10.3 million people watched the episode.

2. This includes about 6.7 million adults between ages 18 and 49. The episode earned a rating of 5.4 among that targeted demographic.

3. This includes 5.6 million adults between ages 25 and 54.

4. The number of viewers of the finale was 300 percent more than the number of adults between ages 18 and 49 who watched the previous season 4 finale in 2011.

5. An extended, live version of AMC's post-episode talk show "Talking Bad," which took place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and featured "Breaking Bad" actors Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Jonathan Banks, RJ Mitte and show creator Vince Gilligan, drew 4.4 million viewers, including 2.9 million between ages 18 and 49.

6. "Breaking Bad" set a Twitter record as well. More than 1.24 million tweets about the show were posted from 601,370 people while the episode aired on both the East and West Coasts.

7. As the finale began to air on the East Coast (at 9 p.m. ET), a peak of 22,373 "Breaking Bad"-related tweets-per-minute was recorded.

8. On Sunday morning, several hours before the finale aired, Bryan Cranston, who plays protagonist-turned antagonist Walter White, a chemistry teacher who becomes a meth "cook" and kingpin who gets in way over his head, tweeted: "Well, this is it. The last episode ever of Breaking Bad. Thank you for sharing this ride with me. Without you we never would have lasted." His tweet has been retweeted more than 51,800 times and favorited at least 34,700 times, as of Monday afternoon.

9. On Sunday, hashtags such as #BreakingBadFinale, #GoodbyeBreakingBad, #Heisenberg, #HelloGretchen and #GoodbyeLydia trended on Twitter, as did names of characters such as "Lydia," "Skyler" and "Elliot and Gretchen."

"Breaking Bad" series finale compared to other shows:

  • "LOST" - the 2010 finale of the ABC series drew 13.5 million viewers, ranking just below an episode of "American Idol."

  • "The Sopranos - the 2007 finale of the HBO mafia drama was watched by 11.9 million people.

  • "Sex and the City" - the 2004 finale of the HBO series drew 10.6 million viewers.

  • "Monk" - the 2009 finale of the USA Network series was watched by 9.4 million people.

  • "The Closer" - the TNT show's 2009 finale drew 9.1 million viewers.

  • "House" - the FOX medical / mystery drama's finale was watched by 8.7 million people.

  • "The Office" - the finale of the NBC comedy show, which aired this past May, was watched by 5.7 million people.

  • "30 Rock" - the finale of Tina Fey's NBC comedy series, which aired this past January, drew 4.8 million viewers.

  • "Dexter" - the finale of the Showtime series, which aired a week earlier, drew 2.79 million viewers. It ranked second among cable shows that night. The second-to-last episode of "Breaking Bad" was No. 1 with 6.5 million viewers.

Ratings for all shows, network and cable, have decreased in general over the years as more viewers turn to the internet for their programming needs. Here are three examples of shows that received record ratings for their series finales.

  • "M*A*S*H" - the 1983 finale of the war comedy series was watched by 105.9 million people.

  • "Cheers" - the 1993 finale of the bar comedy series drew 80.4 million viewers.

  • "Seinfeld" - the 1998 finale of Jerry Seinfeld's iconic comedy series drew 76.3 million viewers.

POLL: What did you think about the "Breaking Bad" finale?

Aaron Paul, who plays White's student-turned-partner-turned-adversary, had told OTRC.com that he thinks "Breaking Bad" ended "in a beautiful way."

Do you agree with him? RATE the "Breaking Bad" finale, below!

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