Breaking Bad Wins Emmy For Best Drama, Binge Watching Hailed As Shows Savior
Breaking Bad has finally won the Primetime Emmy award for “Best Drama” series.
Breaking Bad will air its final episode next Sunday and despite going off the air there are still many new viewers binge watching the show on Netflix, video on demand, and from various other sources.
After the win, show creator Vince Gilligan said of his meth cooking super-hit:
“I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season two if it wasn’t for video on demand, and also the Internet component of it where folks get to chat… It really has held us in good stand. It’s a bold new era.”
The gritty basic cable show failed to gain an audience during its first few episodes, but eventually word of mouth on social media led to an increasing group of viewers.
Binge watching was highlighted by Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris. He opened the show enclosed in a room as he binge-watched every nominated show on multiple TV screens. Harris joked:
“Right now, I am watching an episode of ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ on my contact lens.”
Breaking Bad faced a lot of competition in the best drama field but pulled away from Netflix favorite House of Cards and HBO breakout hit The Newsroom, among others. House of Cards failed to win the drama and acting categories but took home an award for directing.
While HBO didn’t claim the best drama award the network led the field with 108 of the more than 500 dominations.
Breaking Bad entered the night with 10 nominations and took home three awards.
The first six episodes of the eight-episode series end started in August and has averaged 5.2 million viewers, more than double last years audience.
Do you think Breaking Bad deserved to finally win the best drama Emmy award?