AMC Brings Back ‘Breaking Bad’

Drug-fueled drama will return for a fourth season

On the morning after the third season finale of "Breaking Bad," AMC announced it was renewing the show for a fourth season.

Ratings for the third season of "Breaking Bad," which ended on Sunday, were up 20% over season two with 18 percent more total viewers and a 30 percent increase in the key 18-34 demo.

Bryan Cranston, who stars on the show as a high-school chemistry teacher turned meth dealer, won back-to-back Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmys for the first two seasons of the show and is a near lock to get another nod for the third.

In the announcement about the renewal on Monday, Joel Stillerman, AMC's senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content expressed the network's enthusiasm for the show and its creator, Vince Gilligan. “‘Breaking Bad’ is one of the most layered and intense dramas on television today … Vince Gilligan and his team deliver bold storylines that truly push the psychic envelope and create a mesmerizing, exhilarating television experience,” he said.

"Breaking Bad" is produced for AMC by High Via Productions, Inc. and Gran Via Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.