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Breaking Bad Finale Breaks Ratings Records

Most watched basic cable series finale ever with 10.3M viewers

(Newser) - Most TV shows tend to lose viewers as they wind down into their final seasons, but Breaking Bad was never most TV shows. It just kept getting more popular. Last night's acclaimed series finale pulled in a massive 10.3 million viewers, smashing the show's own record of... More »

7 Bad, Bad Things Conan Can Do on TBS

Curse? Yep. Drugs? Why not!

(Newser) - Conan O’Brien’s move to TBS is a bad idea—assuming that by "bad" you mean "naughty." In fact, “on sex-friendly, expletive-filled basic cable, the gutter's the limit!” writes Lane Brown in New York , who lists seven things the late night host is now... More »

Groundbreaking Monk Solves Final Case

Show legitimized basic cable, ushering in golden age

(Newser) - Viewers will get their last taste of quirky detective Adrian Monk tonight, as the revolutionary USA show that bears his name airs its last episode. The content was never particularly groundbreaking—“Monk is very old-school,” its creator tells the Los Angeles Times . “It's a real throwback”—... More »

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