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Breaking Bad Season Premiere Cooks Up Series-High Ratings

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Breaking Bad? More like breaking records!

The AMC megahit returned Sunday night with the first of its eight final episodes, and it looks like fans just couldn't get enough of the Walt versus Hank showdown. Breaking Bad premiered snatched series-high ratings with 5.9 million viewers, an unbelievable 102 percent increase from last summer's season-five premiere.

Bryan Cranston and Co. also lead the drama into a social media frenzy. Breaking Bad's jaw-dropping premiere generated nearly 760,000 tweets with 11,799 tweet-per-minute.

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"For Breaking Bad to continue to deliver record-setting ratings in its fifth and final season is remarkable," AMC's president and general manager, Charlie Collier said in a statement. "Our new series, Low Winter Sun, is off to a strong start, and we have successfully launched another after-show in Talking Bad, which will super-serve Breaking Bad fans all the way through these final episodes."

From 9 to 10 p.m., Breaking Bad snagged AMC network a 4.2 rating and 3.6 million viewers among the coveted 18-49 demographic. These impressive numbers are second only to AMC's other fan-favorite series The Walking Dead across all cable networks. So basically it's good to be an AMC fan right about now!

Don't miss the final seven episodes of Breaking Bad, Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on AMC!

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