The show pulled a show record of 10.3 million US viewers, way up from last week’s 6.6 million viewers and the fourth record audience brought in during the final eight episodes.
But it also scored a record in the number of illegal downloads for an AMC series, with more than half a million downloads in the first 12 hours.
Australia has topped the list of illegal downloads according to one torrent site, comprising 18% of the torrenting (and Melbourne topped the local list), followed by the US (14.5%) and UK (9.3%). That’s despite Foxtel airing the series just hours after its US premiere.
The Hollywood Reporter has linked to TV Tonight‘s story on Breaking Bad returning to ABC2 as part of the reason why Aussie downloads are so high -but incorrectly suggested it is the start of the final block of episodes (it’s actually Part 1 of the 2 blocks), and overlooked the Foxtel fast-tracked finale.
The largest share of downloads came from Australia. With 18 percent of the total, the country Down Under outpaced the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. According to one Australian TV blog, Breaking Bad is just about to air the second part of its final season next week on ABC2. Some fans might not have been able to wait.