Why is “Breaking Bad” a ratings failure in the U.K.?

According to June Thomas at Slate, the hit U.S. show Breaking Bad barely got off the ground in England, attracting only 120,000 viewers on FX in its first airing.  The most recent season 5 premiere in America, in comparison, brought in nearly 3 million.

What’s going on? Start with the show’s premise. For Brits, who have relied for decades on the National Health Service—where money never changes hands for medical care—the thought of someone turning to crime in order to pay for cancer treatment is more far-fetched than a body-switching time lord.

I knew the U.S. health care system was good for something.

As if you needed any more proof that “The Wire” is awesome

Blogger “Endswell” from The High Definite found a YouTube clip of The Wire where a show character calls kingpin Marlo Stanfield’s cell phone:

I was surprised to discover that if you call the Baltimore number (410.915.0909), you still get an audio clip of Marlo meeting with his crew in jail, more than 4 years after the show’s been off the air.

Definitely better than the usual “555″ route. Bravo.

Great find.

Samsung’s game plan

The patent infringement lawsuit that Apple brought against Samsung got underway this week, and Samsung’s legal team seems to be taking an interesting approach.

At 2:48 p.m., after openings were done and a suave Apple industrial designer was testifying, a Samsung press statement hit our inbox (along with those of other reporters) with a link to the excluded slides. (The linked material has since been removed, but All Things D snagged it.) “The excluded evidence would have established beyond doubt that Samsung did not copy the iPhone design,” the statement said. “Fundamental fairness requires that the jury decide the case based on all the evidence.”

Less then two hours later, after Koh sent the jury home for the day, Apple lawyer Harold McElhinny of Morrison & Foerster stood up. McElhinny said he had been unsure what Quinn was up to that morning, but the press statement made it clear.

“This is an intentional attempt to pollute this jury,” McElhinny said, adding that it should be considered “contempt of court.”

The evidence against Samsung seems pretty convincing in this lawsuit, so it appears that they’re swinging for the fences with a mistrial.