12:46pm PT by Michael O'Connell
'Breaking Bad' Hits Series High Ahead of Mid-Season Finale
Breaking Bad may not be long for this television world, but the AMC drama continues to grow its audience as it nears the end of its run.
Following record ratings achieved during the season four and season five premieres, this past Sunday's episode reached a new high for the series with 3.0 million viewers according to overnight Nielsen returns. It was a six percent boost from the previous episode, matching its 2.4 households rating, a promising sign for this week's mid-season ender.
In the targeted adults 18-49, Breaking Bad posted even bigger gains -- 15 percent -- by pulling 1.85 million in the younger demographic.
Following July's 2.93 million premiere, Breaking Bad took a steep 20 percent drop in total viewers before ultimately regaining most of the haul after the Olympics. Still, even this season's lowest-rated episode -- July 29 brought in just 2.2 million viewers -- eclipses all but one episode from the first four seasons of the series.
Breaking Bad will return for eight final episodes in 2013.