Ratings: ‘Breaking Bad’ Season Premiere Breaks Series Records; ‘Torchwood’ Drops 28% vs. Debut

Bryan Cranston’s methed-up drama climbs 32 percent in total viewers over last year’s season debut

Last Updated: July 18, 2011 @ 3:10 PM

Sunday night's Season 4 premiere of "Breaking Bad" broke quite well in the ratings. In fact, it broke several records for the AMC series, which stars Bryan Cranston as high school teacher-turned-meth dealer Walter White.

According to AMC, Sunday's premiere at 10 p.m. set new high marks for the series in the total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 demographic.

It also handily improved over last March's Season 3 premiere, growing 32 percent in total viewers with 2.6 million, 21 percent in the adults 18-49 demo with 1.4 million, and jumping 26 percent in the adults 25-54 demo with 1.4 million.

In the meantime, the second episode  of Starz' new supernatural drama "Torchwood: Miracle Day" dropped 28 percent against last weekend's premiere, grabbing 1.4 million total viewers across multiple airings throughout the weekend, compared to the 1.95 million total viewers that the series premiere drew across multiple weekend airings. The series premiere, however, has since accumulated 2.7 million total viewers, with three additional airings of the episode and the inclusion of live plus 3-day DVR data.