With all the press surrounding Breaking Bad's final season, it's no surprise that the series returned to a major ratings win last night with its season 5B premiere episode, "Blood Money."
According to Joe Adalian, Vulture's west coast editor, last night's episode garnered a whopping 5.9 million viewers, which is easily the highest audience the show has ever received. For context: The series was averaging about 2.2 million to 2.9 million viewers an episode last year during the first half of season five. Previously, the most watched episode was last year's "Say My Name," which aired on August 26th, 2012.
Even with Breaking Bad's new numbers, though, The Walking Dead still remains AMC's biggest ratings win—last year, that series pulled in between 10 million and 12 million viewers an episode. Just goes to show: When given the choice, people will always choose zombies over meth.