Sunday Ratings: 'Breaking Bad' Finale Beats Networks with 10.3 Million
Sunday Ratings: 'Breaking Bad' Finale Beats Networks with 10.3 Million
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Sunday marked the end of the first week of the Fall 2013 season, and while the major networks had nine returning favorites and one new premiere, it was AMC that won the night.

The series finale of Breaking Bad scored 10.3 million viewers, more than any non-football or news show on the major networks. It was up 3.7 million viewers from last week's episode, which was the previous all-time high for the Emmy-winning drama.

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That's up almost 7.5 million from last summer's Breaking Bad finale and ends a dominant final season for the show, which definitely went out on top. The last three episodes of Breaking Bad were the show's highest-rated episodes ever.

The boost also helped the post-Breaking Bad talk show Talking Bad, which had 4.4 million viewers at 10pm, four times its usual audience.

All the attention on cable took a big chunk out of the major networks. The Amazing Race, The Good Wife, The Mentalist, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad were all down from their premieres one year ago, most by more than 1 million viewers. OUAT in particular dropped almost 3 million viewers from its season 2 premiere.

The lone new premiere of Sunday night, ABC's Betrayal at 10pm, started off quite slow with 5.16 million viewers. That's the second-lowest scripted premiere of the season, only ahead of ABC's other bomb, Lucky 7. It's down more than 1.5 million from the debut of 666 Park Avenue in the same time slot last year, and down almost 2 million viewers from the mid-season premiere of Red Widow.

Perhaps things will look more optimistic for the networks next week when there's no Breaking Bad to compete with, but in two weeks AMC brings back its other ratings giant, The Walking Dead, so it looks like the cable network will be dominating Sunday night TV for the fall.

Here's a breakdown of the Sunday night ratings.

8pm
 8.82 million: The Amazing Race
8.52 million: Once Upon a Time
6.37 million: The Simpsons

8:30pm
20.49: Football Night in America
4.48 million: Bob's Burgers

9pm
10.28 million: Breaking Bad
9.15 million: The Good Wife
8.11 million: Revenge
5.23 million: Family Guy

9:30pm
4.32 million: American Dad

10pm
9.7 million: The Mentalist
5.16 million: Betrayal
4.34 million: Talking Bad


(Image courtesy of AMC)

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