‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Thanks Netflix For The Show’s Success

Posted Sep 23, 2013

AMC’s “Breaking Bad” won their first Emmy last night for Best Drama Series.  The show won the Emmy at a time that the show is in their fifth and final season.  The show’s creator Vince Gilligan went on stage to accept the award, but he thought Netflix’s original series “House Of Cards” was going to win the award.

Gilligan said in an interview backstage that Netflix was responsible for Breaking Bad’s longevity.

?I think Netflix kept us on the air,” stated Gilligan as quoted by BusinessInsider. “Not only are we standing up here (with the Emmy), I don?t think our show would have even lasted beyond season two. ? It?s a new era in television, and we?ve been very fortunate to reap the benefits.?

When the show debuted the second half of Season 5 on August 11th, they hit a record viewing for the show at 5.9 million people.  The Season 4 premiere hit 2.6 million viewers in the summer of 2011.  Last week’s episode hit 6 million viewers.

Gilligan acknowledged that iTunes and Amazon Prime has changed TV in a positive way since Breaking Bad premiered in 2008.  The last episode of Breaking Bad will be airing on September 29th.

Above is a video of comedian and actor Will Ferrell and his kids presenting the award.