‘Breaking Bad’ Logs Record 10.3 Million Viewers

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AMC says Sunday’s “Breaking Bad” finale seized a record-breaking number of viewers for the series.

The concluding episode was seen by 10.3 million viewers. That was three times the audience for the midseason finale airing a year ago.

The network says an expanded one-hour version of its “Talking Bad” discussion after-show delivered 4.4 million viewers.

The drama’s popularity has soared during its five-season run, while it reaped acclaim and awards. At last week’s Emmy Awards it collected a best-drama-series trophy and a supporting-actress statuette for Anna Gunn, who played the wife of teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter White opposite series star Bryan Cranston.

The series’ previous record was set last Sunday, when 6.6 million viewers tuned at the same time as the Emmys.

In the finale, Walter White’s remote-controlled machine gun lays waste to the neo-Nazi’s who stole his money and his meth lab. Walt saves Jesse from the machine gun fire that rips through the neo-Nazi compound where Jesse was held hostage and forced to cook meth.

White was a high school chemistry teacher who turned to cooking meth after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Earlier in the show, Walt admitted to his wife he cooked meth because he was good at it and it made him feel alive.

In the last bit of dialogue, Bryan Cranston’s character tells his double-dealing partner Lydia she’s doomed too, because he poisoned the sweetener she put in her tea. In the end, it’s a bullet not cancer that kills Walter White — who dies in a meth lab with a smile on his face.

Meanwhile, Jesse Pinkman was on “Saturday Night Live.” In the season debut, Aaron Paul makes a cameo. During the cold open, he tells President Obama about a teacher in New Mexico with cancer, who needs Obamacare because he can’t afford treatment. Jesse tells the president his friend does what any of us would do — cook meth. (AP)

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