Exclusive: Channel 5 Won’t Air Breaking Bad Season 3 In The UK

Exclusive: Channel 5 will not be airing seasons three, four or five of Breaking Bad in the UK, sources at the channel confirm exclusively to TVWise. According to sources at Channel 5, they do not currently own, nor do they have any intention of acquiring, the broadcast rights for the show’s third, fourth or fifth seasons.

The drama series from Vince Gilligan follows Bryan Cranston (Malcolm In The Middle) as Walter White, a terminal cancer patient who, concerned that his family will be without means following his death, turns to cooking methamphetamine to make large amounts of fast money. Breaking Bad has already had two UK broadcasters; with FX airing the show’s first season before Channel 5 snapped up the rights and aired the show’s second season back in 2009 on their 5USA channel. I’m told that poor ratings for the second season of Breaking Bad is the reason that the company decided not to acquire subsequent seasons of the show. That said, the fact that 5USA showed the series in an 11pm time-slot is thought to be another reason that the series struggled to attract a large audience in the UK.

However, there is still some hope that we will get to see Walter and Jesse return to British screens. I have been hearing rumblings of some movement with regards to a new broadcaster for Breaking Bad in the UK. But given that the series is entering production on the final 16 episodes of the show, I’ve been told that unless a UK broadcaster comes on board soon, it is likely that season three onwards could remain unaired in the UK. TVWise is trying to pin down which (if any) channels are in talks with Sony to acquire rights to subsequent seasons and we will bring you more information as we get it.

Breaking Bad has been re-added to TVWise’s Acquisitions Scorecard as unsold

  • DAvid Owen

    I must say its really a shame such a wonderful series like Breaking bad has not hit it off in the uk, Personally I blame marketing at channel 5 and the obscure schedule.
    It was a friend that told me about this show that if it wasnt for him I would never know about it.
    So I trully think if say sky atlantic picked it up and pushed advertising like they did with boardwalk empire(liked it but felt it ran out of steam after the first few episodes), Breaking bad has you gripped from the very first pilot episode and has more twists than a corkscrew!!!!

    I am a very hard to please person when it comes to watching seasons of many programmes and if it doesnt grip me right away I soon loose interest, I have personaly watched breaking bad’s 4 seasons 4 times so far and just cannot wait for season 5 in a few weeks time. my only worry is trying to find it asap on the internet which i know is illegal but how else can us in the uk watch it.

    cmon sky wake up and buy the whole sherband and push the advertising, im sure it would be a sure fire hit!!!



  • Tracey

    We’ve just come across Breaking Bad (up to Season 2, ep 7) and we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. The visuals as well as the story lines are spot on. PLEASE can a channel pick up seasons 3-5 to air in the UK? ;0