– The finale of arguably the biggest television show right now, “Breaking Bad,” raked in 10.3 million viewers to watch the send-off of Walter White, one of TV’s most memorable antiheroes. Unsurprisingly, it was a ratings record for the series, up from 6.6 million viewers the previous episode. The drama will be marked as one of the first TV series hits in the era of Netflix. The station which produced this show, AMC Networks Inc., is also responsible for another hit series, “The Walking Dead”.
The finale garnered the most attention from Twitter where 1.5 million tweets were generated, just about three times as many regarding the NFL game on NBC, according to Social Guide. Furthmore, Facebook reported aproximately three million users mentioned the show while posting 5.5 million interactions. These social media platforms help build the momentum of the show while boosting their ratings to just below its high level of critical acclaim. The progression in viewship has been remarkable, with only 1.3 million viewers per week in season one and peaking with about eight million viewers per episode during the final eight episodes. As a result, on Monday AMC Network shares closed up 2.4% to $68.50. The stock has risen more than 50% in the past year.
– AT&T Inc. has followed in the footsteps of Google by offering ultrafast internet service in Austin, Texas by the middle of 2014. They will focus their serivce on neighborhoods that demonstrate the most demand. The build will provide net speeds of up to a gigabit per second which is about 100 times faster than those found in most U.S. homes. However, this poses a problem for supporters of faster internet service.
The upgrade was made available because regulators enabled the carrier to target the most promising areas. Therefore, communities that cannot afford fast internet or have a lower demand could fall behind the digital curve. This would be more of an issue if it becomes a nationwide experiment. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson made a statement regarding building fast internet in other areas. “They’re actually beginning to accomodate and tailor terms and conditions that makes it feasible for us to invest. That being the case, you will see us do more and more cities around the country.”