Breaking Bad‘s amazing fourth season finale (which was so satisfying it could have worked as a series finale) rose in the ratings from its last closer.

Bad delivered 1.9 million viewers in its first airing, up 19 percent from its third season finale last year. Including repeats, Bad clocked 2.9 million viewers, with 1.8 million of those in the adult demo. Overall, season four is the show’s most-watched yet, up 23 percent on average from the prior season.

So Bad continues to buck the usual downward trend of aging serialized dramas by growing its audience (even if the number is smaller than fans believe the show deserves). EW recap here.