AMC says Sunday’s Breaking Bad finale seized a record-breaking number of viewers for the series.
The concluding episode was seen by 10.3 million viewers. That was three times the audience for the midseason finale airing a year ago.
The network says an expanded one-hour version of its Talking Bad discussion after-show delivered 4.4 million viewers.
The series’ previous record was set last Sunday, when 6.6 million viewers tuned in.
Nickelodeon starts radio station
Nickelodeon is getting into the radio business.
The children’s entertainment network has joined forces with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment to create its own station on Clear Channel’s online iHeartRadio.
Nick Radio launched Monday with The Way singer Ariana Grande – also star of Nick’s Sam & Cat – as featured guest DJ, along with another Nickelodeon act, Big Time Rush.
Besides iHeartRadio, it will also be on Nickelodeon’s own website.
3 more books due from ‘Duck Dynasty’
The Duck Dynasty book dynasty rolls on.
Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Monday that three more tie-in works to the smash reality TV series on A&E will be released in 2014. Five books from the Robertson family already are out, including such top sellers as Happy, Happy, Happy and The Duck Commander Family. Scheduled for next year are Faith in the Duck Blind, The Women of Duck Commander and Phil-Osophy.
Finalists revealed for Johnson Prize
Books about Margaret Thatcher, Roman Britain and bumblebees are among finalists for Britain’s leading nonfiction book prize.
Charles Moore’s Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, Charlotte Higgins’ portrait of ancient Britain, Under Another Sky, and A Sting in the Tale by bee conservationist Dave Goulson are on the shortlist for the Samuel Johnson Prize.
The other contenders, announced Monday, are Empires of the Dead, a history of World War I cemeteries by David Crane; William Dalrymple’s 19th-century Afghan saga Return of the King; and The Pike, a biography of Italian fascist Gabriele D’Annunzio by Lucy Hughes-Hallett.
The $32,000 prize recognizes English-language books from any country in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.
The winner will be announced Nov. 4.