El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie draws more than 6.5 million viewers in opening weekend
Rabid Breaking Bad fans had waited six years to find out exactly what happened to Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) after he drove off hysterically in an El Camino at the end of the series finale.
It turns out that anticipation turned into big viewing numbers for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.
The sequel film averaged 6.54 million total viewers over its first three days of release on Netflix, following its debut on October 11, according to Nielson.
Solid opening: The sequel film averaged 6.54 million total viewers over its first three days of release on Netflix, following its debut on October 11, according to Nielson
The first day of release garnered the most views with more than 2.6 million.
What's more: the ratings service also says about 8.2 million people watched at least a few minutes of the movie during the opening weekend.
About 36% of the audience over the three-day stretch were adults in the ages 18-34 demographic, which translates to about 3.42 million. People ages 35-49 were the next largest segment at around 2.63 million.
Netflix contends viewing numbers are skewed since Nielson only counts television viewership, not other devices, and only measures US audiences.
Stellar: About 8.2 million people watched at least a few minutes of El Camino during the opening weekend, according to Nielson
The film appeared to generate a palpable anticipation in the months before its debut due, in part, to creator Vince Gilligan's desire to keep all details of the production under wraps to avoid any spoilers from going public.
Producers even went as far as to shoot the film in Albuquerque, New Mexico under the fake working title of Greenbriar. Plus some of the actors were flown in on private jets to avoid being detected while heading to the sets.
The increased hype behind El Camino also helped generate a spike in viewership of the original series. The average audience for Breaking Bad was about 153,000 in the week prior to the movie's release. It had been averaging 62,000 in the previous three weeks, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Mystery: El Camino appeared to generate a palpable anticipation in the months before its debut due, in part, to creator Vince Gilligan's (left) desire to keep the production under wraps to avoid any spoilers from going public; Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston are also pictured
When fans last saw Pinkman in the Breaking Bad series finale, he was speeding off in a frenzy in that El Camino after Walter White (Bryan Cranstan) saved him from his captors, who had enslaved him to produce mass amounts of methamphetamine.
After White rigged a remote-control machine that wiped out the captors, the two former partners in crime stared at each other in a tense standoff that resulted in Pinkman refusing White's request for him to kill him.
The eventually parted ways with one last nod of respect to one another.
El Camino picks back up right where the series finale ended back in 2013, along with some very clever and creative flashbacks throughout.
With Walter White dead, Pinkman is now on the run from both police and his crime-filled past as new challenges and dangers emerge in his attempt to forge a new life forward.
Iconic: El Camino has also helped generate a spike in views of Breaking Bad ; Paul is pictured at photocall in Sitges, Spain on October 12