Remember when “Breaking Bad” a couple of years ago was that token “great show that nobody watches”? Well, it’s fair to say now that the tides are turning in a pretty big way, and more and more viewers are starting to catch the adventures of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman like never before.
The ratings for Sunday night’s midseason finale came in on Tuesday, and there were quite a few interesting details worth noting:
-With 2.8 million viewers for its 10:00 p.m. airing, the show was up over 45% from the season 4 finale; even though this is not a season finale per se, it’s still the most-watched end to a collection of episodes that the show has had to date.
-When it comes to the much-coveted 18-49 demographic, “Breaking Bad” also made pretty good with around a 1.3 rating. This is a nice number that is a 37% increase from the end of season 4, and this also once again serves as validation for AMC that even though not all of their shows may start off with numbers like “The Walking Dead,” there is potential for them so long as they are allowed to sit back and grow for a little bit.
There is a part of us that wonders whether or not AMC would have been so willing for “Breaking Bad” to end in summer 2013 had the show been consistently pulling in these kind of numbers, but we are glad that hey are allowing it to be so. The show is getting an opportunity to end when it wants to end, and also on a high note now that Walt is getting closer than ever to paying the piper for everything that he has done.
Are you glad that “Breaking Bad” is getting some bigger numbers before it says goodbye? We want to hear from you below! If you want to see what showrunner / creator Vince Gilligan has to say about some of the finale’s biggest questions, be sure to head over to this link.