Sunday night saw the season one finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad spin off Better Call Saul rake in 2.53 million viewers. Up against the NCAA final the freshman show held its own, and then some.
While it is a 25 percent drop from the February premiere, which drew in nearly 5 million viewers thanks in part to its time slot following The Walking Dead’s mid-season return, ultimately the finale saw a 6 percent gain in viewers over the previous episode.
These numbers do not take into account DVR recordings which are scored differently than live recordings and still figure into the final viewer numbers. As of this time those numbers have not become available and AMC is waiting until they can consider all factors before creating a final tally for the finale.
Comparatively, Better Call Saul’s finale easily handily overcame its parent shows season one finale, which only saw a paltry 1.5 million viewers. Of course Breaking Bad end up shattering records with its series finale, which drew in over 10 million viewers in total.
It may not be soaring to the astronomical heights of The Walking Dead, but don’t count on it going away any time soon. Given the time and the opportunity Better Call Saul is the kind of series that could outlive its predecessor. Breaking Bad, after all, only ran for 5 seasons.
But with seasons, and series, trending shorter these days coupled with the potential of AMC’s future endeavors Badlands and Humans, Better Call Saul could be in for a fight.