The man who will become Saul Goodman took one big step closer to embracing his Breaking Bad future on the Season 1 finale of the spinoff last night. And viewers took that step with Better Call Saul. Up against heavy competition from the NCAA Tournament final game, the 10 PM show drew 2.532 million total viewers last night with a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49.
Week-to-week, that’s a 6% rise over the 2.381 million total viewers the Bob Odenkirk starring show had over its March 30 airing. Sunday’s finale was up 9% among the key demo from the 1.1 rating tht last week’s show got.. Better Call Saul easily bested the 1.5 million total viewers that Breaking Bad had for its Season 1 finale way back on March 9 2008. Compared to the 3.4 million total viewers of its Monday debut back on February 9, last night’s BCS was down 25%. That slot premiere had 2.1 million viewers among the 18-49s.
With the midseason return of The Walking Dead as a lead-in, BCS had the first of its 2-night premiere on February 8. Pulling in 4.4 million viewers among the 18-49s, the Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould created show had the top demo result for a series premiere in cable history. In total viewers, BCS’s opener was got 6.9 million. While not a record, it was just a tad behind the all time cable series debut record of 7.03 million total viewers that the June 13, 2005 debut of The Closer drew. In Live + 3 results, the BCS debut drew 9.8 million total viewers. The series had 40% jump among the 18-49s to 6.1 million and the 43% leap among the 25-54s to 5.7 million to score the top cable debut spots in both demos.
AMC are waiting until the Live + 3 numbers come in for the DVR friendly show before talking finale ratings for the hit freshman show. While BCS likely won’t hit the heights of The Walking Dead, it is worth in the meantime taking a look at how the zombie apocalypse blockbuster did in its own most recent Live + 3 results. The already record breaking Season 5 finale of the show on March 29 saw a 30% rise in total viewership to 20.51 million in Live + 3 ratings. In the key demo, TWD went up 31% from 10.367 million to 13.563 million. Those numbers pushed the Season 5 finale into the second best results TWD has ever had after the Season 5 debut of last October.