Last Sunday, Breaking Bad opened the second half of its fifth and final season, attracting 5.9 million viewers.

"Impressive" hardly describes how well the show did. Breaking Bad's audience has doubled in a year, making it even more popular than HBO's Game of Thrones. How did we get to this point? The following slide presentation takes a closer look at the show's history and how successes such as Breaking Bad have become a boon for AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) and its shareholders.

Meanwhile, it's important to remember that AMC stock isn't the only way to play rising interest in edgier entertainment. Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is another. We examine the opportunity for investors in a new report titled "Will Netflix Own the Future of Television?" The research is free -- just click here now to get your copy.