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posted: 9/30/2013 5:48 PM

'Breaking Bad' logs record 10.3 million viewers

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  • Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Gustavo "Gus" Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) in a scene from season four of "Breaking Bad."

      Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Gustavo "Gus" Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) in a scene from season four of "Breaking Bad."
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NEW YORK -- 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.

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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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