AMC Drama Returns to Record Premiere Ratings EW

The season premiere of an AMC drama Sunday night pulled in some big numbers, including a series best for a premiere, reports.

“Breaking Bad” attracted 2.9 million viewers for the debut, up 14% from last year’s premiere, the story reports. The number equaled last year’s season finale.

Adding in the encore broadcast, the show delivered 3.5 million viewers.

The show was up 34% in adults 18-49.

The report notes: “’Breaking Bad’ has had a remarkable run. Though the acclaimed drama has never been a huge performer, the show has managed to grow its audience every season. That doesn’t normally happen for heavily serialized shows, which typically peak in their first few years.”