Lynette Rice
June 14, 2010 AT 02:53 PM EDT

Image Credit: AMCAMC announced  today that it has ordered a fourth season of Breaking Bad starring two-time Emmy-winning Bryan Cranston. The series from Vince Gilligan (The X-Files) aired its season three finale on Sunday. The show’s ratings were up 18 percent in viewers for the season versus last year and 30 percent among adults 18-34.

The drama is filmed on location in Albuquerque, NM.

“AMC’s Breaking Bad is one of the most layered and intense dramas on television today,” said Joel Stillerman, Senior Vice President of original programming, production and digital content, in a statement. “The critical acclaim and strong audience growth we’ve seen in season three reinforce that this is the kind of exceptional original storytelling AMC has become known for providing to audiences. Vince Gilligan and his team deliver bold storylines that truly push the psychic envelope and create a mesmerizing, exhilarating television experience. We look forward to an incredible fourth season.”

Bad also stars Aaron Paul (Big Love), Anna Gunn (Deadwood), Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show with Bob and David) and Giancarlo Esposito (Gospel Hill).

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