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Lots of people were watching TV last night. Both the series finale of Dexter and the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad broke ratings records last night, despite facing competition from the Emmy Awards broadcast and NFL football. Dexter’s final episode was watched by a record breaking 2.8 million viewers and, taking into account the audience for replays, Dexter’s audience for the night was an impressive 3.3 million viewers making it an all time high for the serial killer drama. Over at AMC, Breaking Bad got an all time high as well with 6.6 million viewers and a 4.3 million in the prized 18-49 demographic. Breaking Bad had a very good night, not only breaking ratings records, but winning top prizes on the Emmys, such as the coveted Outstanding Drama honor.
Speaking of the Emmys, it was a good night for CBS as well; the network broadcasted the television awards show. Nearly 18 million people tuned in to the three-hour ceremony. CBS definitely profited from the NFL football lead-in, ditching the customary red carpet pre-show. This is a pretty big leap from last year’s broadcast over at ABC, which attracted 13 million viewers. This is the biggest audience for the television awards in eight years.