Broadcast Ratings Fall As Cable's Breaking Bad Ends

Since ratings for cable TV shows are released after those for broadcast network shows, it's too early to tell how the final episode of Breaking Bad -- and its presumed massive (for cable) audience -- affected the primetime ratings of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox Sunday night. A quick glance at the preliminary numbers released by Nielsen Research indicates that most of those networks' shows, new and old, were down from a year ago in their respective time periods -- even NBC's Sunday Night Football, which, according to TVbytheNumbers, was down a whopping 29 percent from a week ago. Nevertheless, many viewers presumably recorded the Breaking Bad finale so that they could watch the live game between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons -- something that could boost the live-plus-three-day ratings for the AMC drama.



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