Dish blackout be damned. Sunday night’s finale of AMC‘s Breaking Bad drew 2.8 million viewers, up a whopping 47% over Season 4′s finale despite the 15% dent in AMC’s coverage this year because it was dropped by Dish and the fact that the finale aired on a holiday weekend. In adults 18-49, the Breaking Bad 2012 closer averaged 1.7 million, up 37% year-to year; in adults 25-54 (1.5 million), the gain was 34%. For the entire eight-episode Season 5A, Breaking Bad averaged 2.6 million viewers, up 39% from Season 4, and 1.6 million adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, up 56% and 49%, respectively. The final eight episodes of the series will air next summer.
Leading to the Breaking Bad finale was an original Hell On Wheels (2.5 million viewers), which was even with its delivery the previous week. In adults 18-49 (737,000), it slipped 5%.