|Breaking Bad This Season|
|2.87 (premiere, 8/11/13, +89% y2y) |
2.18 (Labor Day weekend, 9/1/13)
The crazy thing about trying to predict this show is that all this growth has come even though there's no huge reserve of old fans expected to come back for the end, as there certainly was in The Sopranos' spike from mid-3's all the way up to 5.4 in 2007. Usually that's what causes massive finale jumps. Here, all of the Nielsen momentum has come from the scores and scores of new fans. But there sure are a lot of 'em. My guess: a ton of Breaking Bad DVRers will be watching this finale within the Live+SD window, and all the new broadcast competition (plus Showtime's Homeland premiere) practically doesn't matter here.
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