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Breaking Bad’s Fifth Season Delivers Exceptional Viewer Growth

AMC’s acclaimed crime drama thriller series ‘Breaking Bad,’ starring Bryan Cranston, has seen exceptional growth in its current fifth season. Sunday night’s episode delivered 2.8 million viewers, a 47 percent increase over season four’s finale.

Sunday’s episode of ‘Breaking Bad,’ titled ‘Gliding Over All,’ concluded the first half of season five, with the final eight episodes of the Emmy Award-winning drama premiering next summer. The episode, the last of 2012, was also up 57 percent in household rating, 37 percent in adults 18-49 and 34 percent in adults 25-54, when compared to the season four finale.

Charlie Collier, AMC’s president, said “Congratulations to everyone involved in Sunday’s great success and for delivering episode after episode of television that is nothing short of remarkable.” He added that the fact that the drama series “continues to deliver at such a remarkable level creatively, now over 50 episodes later, is a rare accomplishment that begins with (writer-producer-director) Vince Gilligan and the torch is carried by ever member of the team on both sides of the camera.”

Some of the key Nielsen Highlights for ‘Breaking Bad’s first eight episodes of season five include:

-2.1 household rating: 44% over season four series average
-2.6 million viewers: 39% vs. season four series average
-1.6 million adults 18-49: 56% over season four series average
-1.6 million adults 25-54: 49% vs. season four series average

Written by: Karen Benardello

Breaking Bad's Fifth Season Delivers Excpetional Viewer Growth

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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