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"Breaking Bad" Delivers Exceptional Growth With 2.8 Million Viewers

First Half of Season Five Up 56% Over Season Four for Adults 18-49 Up 49% for Adults 25-54

Final 8 Episodes Begin Summer 2013 on AMC

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sunday night's episode of AMC's "Breaking Bad" delivered 2.8 million viewers pushing it up 47% over season four's finale, marking exceptional growth for a fifth season of a cable drama series. Additionally, Sunday's final episode of 2012 was up 57% in household rating, 37% for adults 18-49 and 34% in adults 25-54 when compared to the season four finale of the series. Sunday's episode concluded the first half of season five, with the final 8 episodes of the Emmy ® Award-winning drama kicking off next summer.

Key Nielsen Highlights for "Breaking Bad's" final episode of 2012 at 10pm:  
  • 10pm airing – 2.2 HH rating: 57% over season four finale  
  • 10pm airing – 2.8 million viewers: 47% vs. season four finale  
  • 10pm airing – 1.7 million adults 18-49: 37% vs. season four finale  
  • 10pm airing – 1.5 million adults 25-54: 34% vs. season four finale  

Key Nielsen Highlights for "Breaking Bad's" first 8 episodes of season five:
  • 2.1 HH 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

"Congratulations to everyone involved in Sunday's great success and for delivering episode after episode of television that is nothing short of remarkable. 'Breaking Bad' began 5 years ago with a pilot that was like nothing we had ever seen on television," said Charlie Collier, AMC's president. "That 'Breaking Bad' continues to deliver at such a remarkable level creatively, now over 50 episodes later, is a rare accomplishment that begins with Vince Gilligan and the torch is carried by every member of the team on both sides of the camera. We can't wait to share the final eight episodes with our audience."

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