AMC Renews Breaking Bad

Four weeks after bowing season two of its original drama series Breaking Bad, AMC has renewed the show for a third run, with production slated to begin later this year.

The pick-up coincides with Wednesday’s announcement that Breaking Bad will be honored with a George Foster Peabody Award on May 18.

“Breaking Bad is one of the most unique and layered dramas on television today,” said Joel Stillerman, senior vp of original programming, production and digital content, AMC. “The Peabody win, the critical acclaim and strong audience growth for the second season reinforce that this is the kind of exceptional original storytelling AMC intends to deliver to audiences.”
The March 8 season-two premiere drew 1.66 million viewers in the Sunday 10 p.m. time slot, up nearly 20 percent from what the pilot episode delivered on Jan. 20, 2008. The first four installments have notched an average delivery of 1.42 million viewers, per Nielsen live-plus-same-day data.

Season three of Breaking Bad is slated to run on AMC sometime in 2010.