AMC is learning that breaking up with a hit show is hard to do, as the final stretch of the critical darling "Breaking Bad" rakes in huge numbers. So the cable channel has decided to spread the final run of another of its franchise shows, "Mad Men," over two years, Advertising Age reports.
The final season of "Men" has been extended to 14 episodes, with the first seven to bow in spring 2014, followed by the final seven in spring 2015.
"AMC took the same approach with ‘Breaking Bad,’ which began the first half of its fifth and final season in July 2012, took a lengthy break and returned for the last eight episodes this August," the story notes. "The real, final last episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’ this year have been attracting nearly double the number of viewers than had watched any other episode. Sunday’s episode drew 6.4 million viewers, making it the series’ most watched episode."
In a statement, AMC President Charlie Collier said: "We are determined to bring ‘Mad Men’ a similar showcase. In an era where high-end content is savored and analyzed, and catch-up time is used well to drive back to live events, we believe this is the best way to release the now 14 episodes that remain of this iconic series."
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