This image released by AMC shows, from left, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul, Mike Ehrmantraut, played by Jonathan Banks, Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston and Gustavo "Gus" Fring, played by Giancarlo Esposito in a scene from season four of "Breaking Bad." The series finale of the popular drama series airs on Sunday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/AMC, Ursula Coyote)
NEW YORK (AP) — AMC says Sunday's "Breaking Bad" finale seized a record-breaking number of viewers for the series.
The concluding episode was seen by 10.3 million viewers. That was three times the audience for the midseason finale airing a year ago.
The network says an expanded one-hour version of its "Talking Bad" discussion after-show delivered 4.4 million viewers.
The drama's popularity has soared during its five-season run, while it reaped acclaim and awards. At last week's Emmy Awards it collected a best-drama-series trophy and a supporting-actress statuette for Anna Gunn, who played the wife of teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter White opposite series star Bryan Cranston.
The series' previous record was set last Sunday, when 6.6 million viewers tuned at the same time as the Emmys.
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