As expected, “Breaking Bad” delivered a record-breaking series finale with its last episode title “Swan song”. The episode aired on Sunday, September 29 and averaged 10.3 million viewers, with 6.7 million in adults 18-49 demo according to Deadline.com.The previous series record of was 6.6 million delivered by the penultimate episode 2 weeks ago. This is calculated at a massive 300% improvement over last year’s finale in the demo. “Swan song” is the most-watched series finale ever on basic cable and it marks AMC’s second most-watched broadcast ever behind “The Walking Dead” season 3 finale.
“Breaking Bad is simply unique,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president:
“It all starts with Vince Gilligan who really only ever asked for one thing – the opportunity to end the show on his own terms. That is exactly what Vince did last night and, as always, brilliantly so. Congratulations to Vince and to every single person involved in this remarkable journey. We’re proud that AMC will forever be known as the birthplace and home of this iconic show and, at the same time, we tip our Heisenberg hat to the fans who made this a truly shared experience.”
The record breaking run also includes receiving critical acclaim as the Highest-Rated TV Series (Current) after scoring a 99 out of 100 average critics’ rating on review aggregator Metacritic for its fifth and final season. This earns the series an entry in the Guinness World Records 2014.