It will be a monster last hurrah for AMC’s Breaking Bad, which opened its final eight-episode run last night with 5.9 million viewers, a series high that doubled the drama’s season five premiere last summer. Last night’s opener delivered 3.3 million adults 25-54 and 3.6 million adults 18-49, second only to AMC’s mega-hit The Walking Dead in 18-49 across all cable. Immediately following Breaking Bad, the premiere of AMC’s new drama Low Winter Sun drew 2.5 million viewers, a solid number but less than half of the massive Breaking Bad lead-in. To close AMC’s first-ever three-premiere night, the Breaking Bad after-show Talking Bad debuted with 1.2 million viewers. On Saturday night, AMC’s Hell on Wheels returned with a two-hour season three premiere, delivering 2.5 million viewers, up 2% from the season two premiere, which aired on a Sunday, and double AMC’s Saturday primetime average.
Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage.
There was an electric vibe in the air during today’s jam-packed Comic-Con session promoting the sixth and final season of Breaking Bad, the iconic AMC drama that returns for its final eight episodes on Aug. 11. First came the announcement that Chris Hardwick — the omnipresent Con moderator and host of AMC’s The Walking Dead post-show Talking Dead — will front the new Breaking Bad post-show called Talking Bad. (AMC announced the post-show at the upfronts in May.) The half-hour live after-show will follow every new Breaking Bad episode. Michael Davies’ Embassy Row produces Talking Bad in association with Sony Pictures TV. Creator Vince Gilligan was joined by castmates Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, RJ Mitte, and Dean Norris for the panel.
AMC Confirms ‘Talking Bad’ After Show; Sets ‘Breaking Bad’ Return Date; Renews ‘Talking Dead’ & ‘Comic Book Men’; Unveils Development Slate, Rolin Jones Overall Deal
AMC is making a slew of announcements at its upfront today. The cable network confirmed it will launch Talking Bad, a live companion after show to the final installment of Breaking Bad. It announced premiere dates for several new and returning series, including the last eight episodes of Breaking Bad, which will kick off August 11, a slew of scripted and unscripted projects in development, including Ballistic City and Ashland, an overall deal with writer Rolin Jones, and renewals of after show Talking Dead and reality series Comic Book Men and Freakshow. Here are the details:
AMC will air a special weekly, half-hour live after show to accompany the conclusion of its Emmy Award-winning series, Breaking Bad. Talking Bad will analyze and dissect every detail of Breaking Bad’s final eight episodes beginning Sunday, August 11. Talking Bad will air at 11 PM, and will be produced by Michael Davies’ Embassy Row with Sony Pictures Television serving as the studio partner.
EXCLUSIVE: Breaking Bad may be getting The Walking Dead treatment for the upcoming conclusion of the series’ fifth and final season with a companion talk show. I’ve learned that AMC is planning a live after-show to accompany the final eight episodes of Vince Gilligan’s dark drama starring Bryan Cranston. In the mold of Talking Dead, I hear the Breaking Bad talk show would be titled Talking Bad and also be half-hour. Michael Davies’ Embassy Row, which produces Talking Dead, would also handle Talking Bad.