breaking bad box cutter 320 'Breaking Bad' sets ratings record; so does the Women's World Cup finalThe first lady of the United States makes a guest appearance in TV Snacks today, along with some ratings news and casting bits. Eat up:

Absence apparently made the hearts of “Breaking Bad” fans grow fonder: The show’s season premiere Sunday (July 17), which came after more than a year off, was the its most-watched episode ever with 2.6 million viewers. More than half of them (1.4 million) fell in the adults 18-49 demographic. [AMC]

Speaking of “Breaking Bad” (sort of), one of the show’s regulars, Giancarlo Esposito, will have a recurring part on ABC’s new drama “Once Upon a Time” in the fall. He’ll play a newspaper reporter in the everyday world — and the voice of the Queen’s (Lana Parrilla) magic mirror in the fairy-tale world. [TVLine]

Boy, were we off in our Women’s World Cup final ratings prediction: The match, in which Japan beat the United States on penalty kicks, drew 13.5 million viewers — the biggest audience ever for a soccer match, men’s or women’s, on ESPN. Several telecasts that have aired on ABC, including the 1999 Women’s World Cup final won by the U.S. (18 million viewers), have drawn bigger audiences. [ESPN]

First lady Michelle Obama will make an appearance on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” this season. The episode, set for October, will feature Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy veteran who’s working to end homelessness among female veterans. [ABC]

VH1 has picked up its scripted series “Single Ladies” for a second season. The series is averaging 2.8 million viewers for original and enore airings on Monday nights and has performed well in the target demographic of women 18-34. [VH1]

The casting shakeup at “Law & Order: SVU” continues with the departure of B.D. Wong, who’s played police psychiatrist Dr. George Huang for most of the NBC series’ life. He tweeted Sunday that he’s moving to another NBC show, the midseason drama “Awake,” where he also plays a psychiatrist. [TVLine/@BD_WONG]

ABC’s new series “Pan Am” has recast its male lead, replacing Jonah Lotan with Mike Vogel (“Cloverfield,” “Miami Medical”). Vogel will play a Pan Am pilot who’s just been made a captain in the 1960s-set drama. [Deadline]

CBS’ “60 Minutes” is the leading nominee for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, picking up 23 nods Monday. “POV” on PBS is the No. 2 program with 12 nominations. Larry King will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Sept. 26 ceremony. [NATAS]

Posted by:Rick Porter