'Breaking Bad' Premiere Shatters Former Ratings Record

The acclaimed AMC drama restarted its final season last night

Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston as Jesse Pinkman and Walter White on Breaking Bad
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Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston as Jesse Pinkman and Walter White on 'Breaking Bad.'
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After an 11-month hiatus, Breaking Bad returned to airwaves last night with "Blood Money," the first installment of the AMC drama's final eight-episode run. The highly anticipated episode earned rave reviews across the board – and according to the Hollywood Reporter, it reached 5.9 million viewers, shattering the series' former ratings record. 

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The show's target demographics saw massive ratings spikes as well, including an 87 percent jump in adults 18-49 and an 81 percent rise in adults 25-54. These statistics show a vast improvement from the show's previous premiere, "Live Free or Die," which earned 2.9 million viewers in July 2012 when it opened the first half of the series' fifth and final season.

Breaking Bad airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.