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'Breaking Bad' Season 4 its highest-rated

AMC's "Breaking Bad," the Best Show on Television That I'm Currently Behind On, finished its fourth, and highest-rated season so far, on Sunday night with 1.9 million viewers, adding a million more during two subsequent airings of its season finale.

'Breaking Bad' Season 4 its highest-rated

Bryan Cranston (left) and Aaron Paul play a chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-maker and his partner, a former slacker student.
Bryan Cranston (left) and Aaron Paul play a chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-maker and his partner, a former slacker student.

AMC's "Breaking Bad," the Best Show on Television That I'm Currently Behind On, finished its fourth, and highest-rated season so far, on Sunday night with 1.9 million viewers, adding a million more during two subsequent airings of its season finale.

Just as I try to warn you of spoilers in my posts, I'm warning you now that I will not be reading comments on this one, at least until I've caught up with episodes I've so far missed  -- so much television, so little time -- because I DON'T WANT TO KNOW what happened Sunday.

At least not yet.

But for those who like to see good things happening to good shows, "Breaking Bad," which had already won three back-to-back Emmys for star Bryan Cranston, averaged 1.9 million viewers for Season 4, up 23 percent from Season 3. More significantly for AMC, which relies in part on advertisers to keep the lights on, it was up 24 percent among viewers 18-49 -- according to AMC, "the most for any drama in basic cable history" -- and 42 percent among those 18-34.

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Oh, and the network quotes Nielsen as saying it ranks as "the most engaging series on television" in terms of ad effectiveness.

Which could just mean that some viewers are too stunned to leave their seats during the commercials.

Anyway, feel free to discuss Sunday's finale here. (Per AMC, there'll be just 16 more episodes to come before things wrap up for Cranston's Walter White.) I'll be back. Soon, I hope.

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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As the TV critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, I've always believed my job is less about thumbs -- up or down -- and more about the conversation. Because the more choices we have, the fewer people in our lives know what we're talking about when we say, "Did you see that?" And that's when television really starts to get interesting.

Ellen Gray Daily News TV Critic
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