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BROADCAST RATINGS FALL AS CABLE’S BREAKING BAD ENDS

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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.