Ever since Sunday night’s season-five premiere, “Breaking Bad” is breaking records.
According to a press release from AMC, 2.9 million viewers tuned in to be reunited with Walt, Jesse and company for “Live Free or Die,” making it the most-watched episode of the series yet. Compared with the season-four premiere in July 2011, the total number of viewers was up 14 percent, and the coveted 18 to 49 demographic in particular saw a 34 percent increase in viewership.
“Breaking Bad” focuses on Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a cancer-stricken teacher, and his entry into the world of meth manufacturing and dealing, alongside his former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).
The premiere came fresh off the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con with series creator Vince Gilligan and members of the cast. MTV News caught up with Cranston while at Comic-Con and asked him about Sunday night’s season five cold open that takes place on his character’s 52nd birthday.
“We find out he has a new name, he’s from a different state, he looks different, he looks thinner, he has a full head of hair, but he looks weaker,” Cranston said. “He looks more desperate. He’s buying a machine gun. He’s got a different car. I mean, what is going on?”
To those wondering that exact same thing, Cranston said that he didn’t have the answer either, but he expressed faith that the answers will come.
“Rest assured, all those little details will be revealed in time,” Cranston said. “You need to be a little patient.”
The fifth season will be the final one for “Breaking Bad,” with a total of 16 episodes. “Breaking Bad” had garnered Emmy wins for both Cranston and Paul, and the series itself has also been nominated twice for “Outstanding Drama Series.” In AMC’s rating-record press release, AMC’s president Charlie Collier also gave a comment on the show.
“From day one, ’Breaking Bad’ has been a passion project for all of us at AMC,” Collier said. “This show has helped define what our brand stands for in terms of supporting quality storytelling and creative risk-taking. Working with these terrifically creative people on such outstanding material has been a joy-filled ride. I’m so pleased to share this success with the entire ’Breaking Bad’ team. We look forward to sharing the final 16 episodes with ’Breaking Bad”s passionate fans. As our marketing campaign says, ’All hail ’The King.’ “