‘Breaking Bad’ finale: Will Walter White score another ratings record?

Unless you’ve been living off the grid for the last few months, you know that Sunday marks the series finale of AMC’s acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad." 

The only questions remaining at this point: What will happen to Walter White, the teacher-turned-meth crime lord played by Bryan Cranston? And just how high will the finale ratings go? 

On the first question, we’re going to resist the urge to speculate, although you’re welcome to hear creator Vince Gilligan’s thoughts on the matter.

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As for the second, it’s highly likely that “Breaking Bad” will score its highest-ever rating. 

Until this year, “Breaking Bad” was a critics’ darling but still a niche show, with viewership in the 3 million to 4 million range. But over the last few weeks, as reviewers have rhapsodized over the final few episodes and anticipation over the finale has reached a fever pitch, viewing has exploded. 

Last Sunday, with its penultimate episode, “Breaking Bad” set a record with 6.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. 

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This week, the finale is almost certain to do more than that. At least 7 million seems a safe guess, but it could go much higher, if many curiosity seekers and casual fans show up. 

However, it would tough for “Breaking Bad” to set a record for cable TV generally, or even for AMC. After all, in April the Season 3 finale of the zombie smash “The Walking Dead” was seen by 12.4 million viewers. 

Are you going to watch “Breaking Bad”? If you haven’t kept up with the show, are you worried about spoilers? 


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