By James Hibberd
July 25, 2012 at 05:50 PM EDT

The ratings for Sunday night’s Breaking Bad dropped somewhat inexplicably. Breaking Bad delivered 2.3 million viewers, down 21 percent from the previous week’s fifth season debut.

Granted, ratings for most shows decline after their debuts. And the premiere of Breaking set a series record, which tends to amplify second-week drops. So, okay, from a ratings statistics perspective, especially since the acclaimed drama is still pulling bigger numbers than last season, the fall isn’t really surprising.

But if you watched the pitch-perfect mini-heist-movie season premiere, it’s just tough to imagine anybody seeing that hour and then thinking, “Yeah, I’m done with this show” — let alone hundreds of thousands of viewers. Sometimes creative experiences seem like they should defy statistical trends.

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