Breaking Bad finale draws record ratings, illegal download surge
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The final episode of Breaking Bad drew the cult United States (US) television show's biggest ever ratings with 10.3 million viewers tuning in, figures released on Monday showed.
But there were also more than 500,000 illegal downloads of the Sunday night finale of the series, with Australia topping the illicit rankings with nearly one in five of copies viewed.
The show, about chemistry teacher turned drug lord Walter White, ended its fifth and final season a week after winning the best drama award at the Emmys, television's version of the Oscars.
The long-awaited final episode drew 3.7 million more viewers than the penultimate one a week before, which itself had set the series record at 6.6 million, according to ratings tracker Nielsen cited by industry journal Variety.