AMC's 'Breaking Bad' came to an end on Sunday night with "Felina," which brought the series to a satisfying close. The series went out on a creative high, and guess what? It went out on a viewership high, too.
The series had been steadily growing in the ratings since it returned last month. It kicked off with a midseason premiere of 5.92 million viewers, growing slowly until it reached a then-series high of 6.58 with the penultimate episode, "Granite State."
The ratings for "Felina" blow that out of the water. 10.3 million viewers tuned in to see Walter White's final outing. That's a jump of 3.72 million viewers in a single week. That's incredible.
Compare that to the ratings of the show's first four seasons, almost every episode of which clocked in at under two million viewers.
The jump in ratings for the finale is probably indicative of how many people had been DVRing the series, watching it later on iTunes, and downloading or streaming the series illegally. It also indicates just how riveting the show is; viewers who typically watched the show after it aired wanted to see the finale play out live.
You can read my thoughts on the series finale here, but I don't think my admiration for the series is nearly as strong a testament to the show's quality as the fifth season's massively increasing ratings.
You can bet that AMC is definitely fully behind spin-off series 'Better Call Saul.'
What did you think of the 'Breaking Bad' finale? Do you think it deserved such strong ratings?