‘Breaking Bad’ Finale Attracts Series-High Ratings; New Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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The dust has barely settled following the conclusion of AMC’s critically acclaimed drama Breaking Bad. The series finale episode had been hyped for months before its September 29 airing. Bryan Cranston, creator Vince Gilligan and Aaron Paul had all publicly voiced their support for just how the saga of Walter White would finally come to close, and Netflix even introduced a guard against spoilers during the show’s final days.

We at Screen Rant have already shared our thoughts (read our review) and encouraged our readers to discuss it as well. However, with all the excitement over the epic conclusion of Breaking Bad, the question remained exactly how well the series finale would perform in the ratings. Would the landmark series go out with as big a bang as fans hoped? As it turns out, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

AMC announced that the Breaking Bad series finale – entitled “Felina” – attracted 10.3 million viewers, including 6.7 million adults in the key 18 to 49 demographic. Ratings were not only 300% higher than the previous season’s finale, but they also greatly surpassed 6.6 million viewership of the penultimate episode to become the highest-rated episode of the entire series.

The fact that the Breaking Bad finale managed to garner series-high ratings isn’t much of a surprise, considering that the show’s fanbase has grown with each subsequent season (thanks likely in no small part to the entire series’ availability on Netflix instant streaming). Still, the sheer margin of increase does indicate that the show has claimed its own undeniable place in TV history.

Now AMC has released several behind-the-scenes videos of the show’s cast and crew reflecting on the making of the episode. See one of the farewell videos below and find several more at AMC’s YouTube channel.

Until the in-development spin-off hits the airwaves, fans have only the Blu-ray release of Breaking Bad: The Complete Series to look forward to. That box set will include a slew of bonus features, including a two-hour behind-the-scenes documentary. Sony Television has released a brief promo of the collection featuring a look at Cranston and Paul’s first reading of the “Felina” script. See it below:

Will you be picking up a copy of the Breaking Bad series box set on Blu-ray this fall? What other features do you hope are included? Let us know in the comments.

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Breaking Bad: The Complete Series will hit Blu-ray on November 26, 2013.

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  1. This show could have easily gone on for another couple of years, but they did what they wanted to do…go out on top. Others networks and shows should learn from the example.

    • For example…I believe the show “Lost” dropped in ratings the longer it continued, and the ratings for its finale where worse than for some of its regular season episodes, because many had lost interest in it by then. Of course, the mediocre to poor writing also had something to do with the drop off as well.

      • That’s why Spartacus unfortunately ended with season 4, to avoid the show becoming stale and ruin its greatness.

      • The show “Lost” dropped in ratings because the show was heading nowhere. You never got the sense, the feeling that the story was moving along. Instead you were left feeling turning around in circles. So of course people lost interest.

        Breaking Bad, if anything, showed that the key to making a great long-lasting show is to make the main character(s) grow and change into something else.

        In Babylon 5, you had this too. Sheridan started as a captain, then became a space station commander, a messiah, a commander to the largest fleet ever assembled in the universe to finally be the President of the Interstellar Alliance. You never felt like you were wasting time with B5 because the story kept moving forward instead of running in circles.

    • Exactly why shows like Sons of Anarchy begin to bore me to tears. The end of the first season promised us something finite and exciting. Then they took every possible chance to drag it out into as many seasons as possible. Less seasons, better stories!

  2. The fact that the Breaking Bad finale managed to garner series-high ratings isn’t much of a surprise, considering that the show’s fanbase has grown with each subsequent season (thanks likely in no small part to the entire series’ availability on Netflix instant streaming). Still, the sheer margin of increase does indicate that the show has claimed its own undeniable place in TV history.

  3. And yet the Dexter finale came and went without much notice. TV viewers are idiots.

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