Cable Ratings: Breaking Bad Does Good For AMC

Third season premiere delivers series best ratings


The third season premiere of AMC's Breaking Bad March 21 was the show's highest rated episode ever.

The premiere pulled in 2 million viewers (posting a 1.4
household rating) for it's 10 p.m. bow, according to Nielsen.

That marks a 40% increase over the shows second season

Repeat airings at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. gave the first episode
a total audience of 3.1 million viewers.

Breaking Bad stars
Bryan Cranston -- the best actor Emmy winner two years running -- as a
high-school science teacher-cum-meth dealer.

The show has grown 63% in total viewers since its premiere
three seasons ago.

The third season premiere also juiced iTunes downloads;
the third season sat atop the iTunes "season pass" ranker on March
22 while the show's first season was ranked No. 3.