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Breaking Bad is a true underdog story. With its bittersweet series finale airing Sunday night the show tied up many loose ends, and went out with a satisfying bang. The final episode aired to an astounding 10.3 million viewers (that's not including DVR), which broke every record for the show's history, and in recent show's history for that matter.
Breaking Bad was almost canceled after its first season didn't get the viewers AMC wanted, but fortunately the network stuck with it as it slowly made its way to fame. According to Entertainment Weekly the season 5 finale beat out the season 4 finale by 442 percent (season four's "Face Off" aired to a solid 1.9 million viewers).
Breaking Bad will go down in the history books alongside The Sopranos and The Wire.
According to /Film, many believe that Netflix is what caused the sudden spike in viewership for Breaking Bad.
Netflix offered anyone behind on the show a chance to catch up as the show continued to build in popularity.
With the increased accessibility of the show's episodes, it's no question why the series finale was so watched. Although Breaking Bad may be done, show creator Vince Gilligan still has a full plate, as does Bob Odenkirk's Saul.
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