'Breaking Bad' Returns to Series High 2.9 Million

AMC drama's final season bows to gains in total viewers, demos

The season five premiere of AMC's Breaking Bad was
the drama's most-watched episode ever, drawing 2.9 million viewers on Sunday at
10 p.m., according to Nielsen.

improved 14% over its season four debut
in total viewers and was up 34% in adults 18-49 to 1.9 million viewers and up
28% in adults 25-54 to 1.8 million viewers.

For the night, the episode averaged 3.5 million total
viewers when combined with its 11:30 p.m. replay.

Breaking Bad is embarking on its final season, with
the final eight episodes of the Bryan Cranston drama set to bow in summer 2013.