II. Fandom Description Breaking Bad grew as a series that some critics were not particularly fond of. On the other hand, fan ratings show that the majority of people were behind it from the beginning. Since season one, viewer ratings have experienced a small rise from 9.2 to 9.7 out of a possible 10 rating (Metacritic). However, it is the critics that are now convinced of the genius behind the show. Only earning a 74 of a possible 100 in the series’ first season, Breaking Bad went on to earn an 85 for season two, an 89 for season three, a 96 for season four, and an incredible 99 of 100 for the first eight episodes in season five (Metacritic). This shows that despite initial questions from critics, fans have always felt a particular attraction to this show and its unique circumstances. Like many of the current AMC greats, Breaking Bad is geared toward the 18-49 and 2554 demographic (AMC). This network typically brings in audiences with a wide range of age groups and the majority of its viewers (55%) are male (Collins). However, the gender gap within Breaking Bad is much more noticeable with its male viewership receiving twice the amount than that of its females in major demographic groups (Adalian). Since its season one premier, Breaking Bad has seen its greatest viewership come from the male 18-49 category and it continues to be the major driving force for the fandom behind the series. The season five midseason finale set a series high with over 2.9 million viewers and saw the biggest increase in the 18-49 group which increased by over 34% (Moaba). Though the viewership of Breaking Bad is covered by a wide age range, it does particularly well with the viewers between 21 and 35, which saw a 15% increase since season four’s premier (Adalian). With each season, Breaking Bad continues to grow because it is able to grab a new viewer’s attention with any one of its episodes, whether it is a season premier, finale, or any one
between (Metacritic). Gilligan is able to pique the interest of new viewers with every episode and the ending of each seems to be a cliffhanger, leaving the viewer wanting more. Breaking Bad is becoming increasingly popular as fans continue to spread the news of its greatness. There are the fans that have religiously kept up with each episode...