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Cliffhanger Buzz Leads “Breaking Bad” to Ratings Record

Given the intensity of last week’s cliffhanger ending, one would be hard pressed to find an hour of television more hotly anticipated than this past weekend’s “Breaking Bad.”

And that anticipation translated into viewership — AMC’s critically-acclaimed drama, which outdrew everything but football, set a ratings record Sunday.

Topping its record-setting season 5.2 premiere, Sunday’s “Bad” attracted 6.4 million viewers, with 4.1 million falling in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic. That should produce an impressive 3.2 demo rating.

“Ozymandias,” Sunday’s episode, featured the conclusion of last week’s nail-biting shootout sequence. When the dust settled this week, Jack’s White Supremacist Gang killed Hank and Gomez, captured Jesse and stole the majority of Walt’s money.

Called television’s best all-time hour by many a social media user, the episode, which featured Walt, Jr. finding out his father’s secret (and subsequently calling the police), also saw Walter depart town–and his identity–using Saul’s vacuum cleaner service.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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