Breaking Down 'Breaking Bad' by the Breakthrough Numbers
Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in the "Breaking Bad" series finale, "Felina."
Millions: the record-breaking ratings for the "Breaking Bad" series finale, the number of tweets sent about the series during the finale, and the number of Facebook comments made about the series wrap-up. The series finale was an overwhelming success, and here's how the numbers break down:
10.3 million — Number of viewers who watched the "Breaking Bad" finale on AMC, a ratings record for the series.
6.7 million — Number of finale viewers in the coveted 18-49 demographic.
1.41 million — Number of viewers who watched the "Breaking Bad" series premiere on Jan. 20, 2008.
1 — Number of episodes (out of 46) of "Breaking Bad" that earned more than 2 million viewers during the show's first four seasons (Season 4 premiere "Box Cutter" drew 2.58 million).
16 — Number of episodes (out of 16) of "Breaking Bad" that earned more than 2 million viewers during the show's fifth and final season (after many viewers had binge watched the show on Netflix).$250,000 — Cost for a 30-second ad during the series finale, according to Forbes.
$75,000 — Cost for a 30-second ad during regular Season 5 episodes of "Breaking Bad," according to Forbes.
1.24 million — Number of tweets related to "Breaking Bad" on Sunday. That made the series the most talked-about TV show of the week on Twitter, according to SocialGuide rankings of the top 10 shows.
53,888 (and growing!) — Number of times series star Bryan Cranston's finale tweet, thanking viewers for their loyalty, has been retweeted (as of 6 p.m. ET on Sept. 30). The tweet reads:
Well, this is it. The last episode ever of Breaking Bad. Thank you for sharing this ride with me. Without you we never would have lasted.— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) September 29, 2013
5.5 million — Number of updates and comments about the show made on Facebook (by about 3 million people) on Sunday during the finale.