'Breaking Bad' returns to record ratings in the US

Acclaimed drugs drama almost doubles its previous best ever audience

'Breaking Bad' returns to record ratings in the US

Breaking Bad returned to record ratings in the US on Sunday night (August 11), The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

A massive 5.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the first instalment in the show's eight-episode final run - nearly double Breaking Bad's previous best ever audience of 3 million, which the series posted last August (2012) shortly before taking a break.

In the US, Breaking Bad airs on cable network AMC and the very last episode is set to premiere on September 29. UK viewers are able to watch on Netflix, where each episode is being made available immediately after it finishes in the US.

The acclaimed TV series began in 2008 and follows the fortunes of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher played by Bryan Cranston who begins producing and selling crystal meth after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.

Aaron Paul, who co-stars as White's partner in crime Jesse Pinkman, has insisted that fans won't be disappointed with the way the show ends, promising: "You guys are gonna shit your pants!"

Meanwhile, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has recently given an update on a proposed spin-off show focusing on Saul Goodman, the dodgy lawyer played by Bob Odenkirk. "It's not a done deal yet, but it's definitely something we're full speed ahead on trying to get going," Gilligan said at the start of July.

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