The much anticipated return of 'Mad Men' has achieved what many expected it would and vindicated the show's creators decision to hold off its comeback - recording its highest viewing figures ever in the U.S. The show picked up 3.5 million viewers upon on its fifth season debut at the weekend, a 21 per cent increase on the first episode of the previous series.

It's been 17 months since 'Mad Men' was last aired, a period of time which has only left fans salivating for its return. Reasons for the delay were numerous, with the most pointed being ongoing contract negotiations with show creator Matt Weiner. However the wait has paid off and the appearance of Jessica Pare, in particular, saw the return widely viewed as a success.

Pare plays the wife of main character Don Draper, the charismatic ad executive from 1960s New York. Speaking about playing Draper, actor Jon Hamm told the BBC that he enjoyed playing the role as it never got predictable. "What Matthew [Weiner] does very well is he never lets the characters stagnate," he said. "All the characters are constantly in motion, but it's all happening in the swirl of the business that's constantly changing." The first episode of 'Mad Men' reached UK shores on Monday (March 26, 2012) giving the British the first chance to see Pare's already iconic performance of French pop song 'Zou Bisou Bisou' that announced her arrival as Draper's wife Megan.