'Breaking Bad' Finale Does Well But Pales on list of TV's Most Watched Farewells


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Social media this week has been buzzing about the series finale of 'Breaking Bad.' The show concluded its run by captivating a record high viewership for the program of 10.3 million. It did extremely well in the key demographic 18-49 group and ranks third for cable enders, behind 'The Sopranos' and 'Sex and the City.'

While the Emmy winning drama stole the audience Sunday evening, its numbers are far from some of the standard network farewells of the past. For example, the 1999 conclusion of 'Home Improvement' drew some 35.5 million viewers and is currently ranked tenth in the finale category.

Michael J. Fox has just returned to TV in a self-titled comedy but in 1989, his 'Family Ties' show was the rage as 36.3 million tuned in to see what would become of Alex P. Keaton.

The groundbreaking Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton vehicle 'All in the Family' gave CBS 40.2 million viewers for its last episode ever. Then there was Johnny Carson's emotional goodbye on 'The Tonight Show' and Tom Selleck's 'Magnum P.I.' which edged out the respected comedian's 50 million watchers by 700,000 to take the fifth position on the list.

Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen was the final episode of 'M*A*S*H' which continues to hold the record for the most watched finale with a whopping 125.59 million viewers, a number that in today's diverse and digital age of TV viewing may never be repeated.

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