'Breaking Bad' Ratings Down But Still Strong

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August 19th, 2013



After setting series highs last week in its return for its final 8 episodes with 5.9 million viewers and a 2.9 adults 18-49 rating, Breaking Bad not surprisingly saw its ratings dip in the second episode of the final batch. It was down about 19% to 4.8 million viewers and around a 2.4 adults 18-49 rating (not sure of the exact number yet, but it rounds to 3 million adults 18-49 which would be a 2.4 rating). Still the highest-rated non-zombie drama on AMC by a wide margin. By comparison the second episode of season six of Mad Men averaged 2.7 million viewers and a 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

  • jean


  • Jonathan B.

    Previous second episode performances for the show:

    Season 3 – 1.55 million (-21% from premiere)
    Season 4 – 1.97 million (-24%)
    Season 5a – 2.29 million (-22%)

    So it’s on par with the previous performance of the show. Still performing very strongly.

  • tjw


    I know, right? I give them six more episodes at best.

  • Jerry

    I’m assuming everyone tuned in live for the premiere and will be recording/watching later the rest of the episodes besides the finale.

  • shogun

    Fell a bit more than I thought it would, but still the third most popular show on cable after walking dead and game of thrones.

  • John A

    Quite a drop considering all the hype of last week. I kinda thought it would be stedy.

  • shogun

    By the way, to Bill Gorman, I wanted to apologize for that huge fight me and Juan got into a few weeks ago. Won’t happen again.

  • shogun

    @John a.

    True blood finale last night might have had something to do with it. Even though breaking bad is the better show, people will dvr the one with commercials.

  • reallypeople

    LOL! I love how people say that TB is dead and that next season will be the final one (which it won’t, sorry to the haters) and then when their favorite Sunday night show goes down in viewers (not limited to only BB), suddenly it’s TB’s fault.

  • TomSF

    I’ve spent the better part of my summer watching the show on Netflix. I finally got caught up last night. Cannot wait for the series finale. Best show ever.

  • Kris

    talking bad will probably be ending soon as well, 6 more.

  • shogun


    True blood will have run for seven seasons next year and the actors contracts will be up. Hbo doesn’t treat its shows like Showtime does. And I only considered tb to be a factor in the breaking bad drop anyway.

  • Colin

    Who cares, its over anyway. What about Low Winter Sun?

  • reallypeople


    Actually, Shogun, the only question mark is Alexander for next season. Anna and Stephen are all contracted through season 8. Joe is contracted until season 9 or 10, depending on the source. It’ll go 9 or 10 seasons. HBO needs to show to survive that long to keep subscribers. (If it goes 10, it will more than likely be a part 1 and 2 situation, IMO).

  • Alienware

    I predict that the show will never recover to the premiere numbers. With fall season and especially football incoming, that mark will untouchable.

  • IDIOT Detector

    Why did you post that spoiler photo??? I haven’t watched the episode yet, but now I know that Skyler sits at a booth in a diner with a person who has a hand! Thanks a lot for ruining the episode for me!

  • John A

    Hope BB can hit a 3.0 for the finale.

  • Log Salt

    If some people tuned in to the True Blood finale instead of BB they probably all regret it.

  • Dan

    That series finale will easily be the highest rated, even if people arent interested in the next 5 eps.

  • stiller

    Down but still doing much better than season 5a, still going strong. Not bad :D
    The finale will be ultra-hyped, I can see it hitting that 3.0

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