Bad, “Dexter,” “Downton,” Emmys Ratings

It seems a lot of people stayed in on Sunday night with the various broadcasts pulling in record-breaking numbers.

“Breaking Bad” broke another record on Sunday, swelling to 6.6 million viewers for its penultimate episode. That’s upon the previous record set last week with 6.4 million viewers. It also scored 4.3 million viewers in the key 18-49 demo.

Showtime closed out “Dexter” with 2.8 million for the 9pm broadcast and 3.3 million viewers for the night. That’s the show’s highest-rated telecast ever, and the biggest audience for an original episode in Showtime history.

Over in the U.K., the fourth season premiere of ITV’s “Downton Abbey” drew in 9.5 million viewers, the biggest season premiere episode of the series to date. It also scored a whopping 39.7% share of the audience.

Finally, back in the U.S., the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in CBS delivered its largest audience since 2005. 17.63 million viewers tuned in for the broadcast, while the show scored a 4.9 rating in adults 18-49. That’s significantly up in both counts (33% and 26% respectively) on last year’s ratings.