'Breaking Bad' final episode shatters ratings record

Posted at: 09/30/2013 12:47 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

Photo: Source: AMC

Good news for Albuquerque-based TV series "Breaking Bad"--The final episode drew 10.3 million viewers on Sunday night, which is up 300 percent over last year's finale, according to a news release from AMC.

The ratings smashed the series' previous record of 6.6 million viewers during last week's episode.

"Breaking Bad is simply unique," AMC president Charlie Collier said. "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 Breaking Bad series finale also took over Twitter on Sunday night, with 1.24 million tweets posted during the live broadcast and several hashtags, including #GoodbyeBreakingBad and #Heinsenberg, trending worldwide.