It has been a couple weeks, yet the hype is still there. About three weeks ago the series finale of the highest rated television series of all time aired, Breaking Bad. Rated 99/100 by MetaCritic.com, a highly praised rating site that combines all of the top critics ratings, Breaking Bad broke the world record for highest rated television show of all time. If you aren’t familiar with the show here’s a quick summary: a high school chemistry teacher named Walter White discovers he has terminal lung cancer and finds an innovative way to make quick and easy money. He decides to manufacture methamphetamines, better known as crystal meth. With the help of his trusty sidekick, Jesse Pinkman, a street walker from rural Albuquerque, they successfully manufacture and sell “the best stuff in town.”
Among breaking the world record, Breaking Bad broke many other records as well. The last season brought an average of 5.3 million viewers per episode which beats some other network’s top shows such as ABC’s Modern Family and Fox’s American Idol, which are also top rated shows. On top of that, the series finale brought a record shattering 10.2 million viewers to the screen. This is quite a step up from the shows fourth season, which delivered an average of 1.2 million viewers per episode. Vince Gilligan, creator and writer of the show, thanks Netflix for this jump in the views. In between the fourth and fifth season there was a two year break, during which subscribers could access all four seasons of the show. This allowed people to catch up and be ready for the final season.
Breaking Bad was a major hit for the cable network, AMC (American Movie Channel). In fact, it was such a hit that there has been a spin-off show ordered, a prequel to the events that take place in Breaking Bad. There were rumours surrounding whether or not AMC would pursue a spin-off series, but the rumours were just confirmed, from Vince Gilligan, a spin-off show named Better Call Saul will go into production and premiere in the fall television season of 2014. Gilligan even said he might bring back some actors from Breaking Bad, so fans, even though Heisenberg and his foul-mouthed sidekick may be gone, there is still a light at the end of the tunnel; that greasy, cheap lawyer, Saul.
-Sam Van Pykeren