When AMC first made the decision to move “Hell on Wheels” season 3 to Saturdays, there was a fear that the show was just going to wither on a night when many potential viewers are off doing other things. However, we’d wager that the show has defied expectations and then some.
Luckily, there’s good news coming out now for the season 4 premiere, as well. With a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.42 million viewers, the drama is off to a solid start. It beat handily the finale of “Crossbones” over on NBC, and it was only down about 70,000 viewers from the season 3 premiere. That’s pretty excellent retention for a scripted show these days.
Another thing to remember here is that “Hell on Wheels” also does very well in time-shifted viewing, given that many people do choose to go out on Saturdays and do other things. So long as the numbers stay close to this throughout the season, and that AMC gave season 4 a larger order than season 3 after seeing the ratings, we feel like a season 5 is pretty likely. We’ll just have to see how things go during the season, since sometimes there can be peaks and valleys that get you a little worried. We’re at least intrigued in where the story is going for the time being, even if we are still very much curious about where in the world Elam is at the moment. (It’s already been confirmed that Common will still have some sort of role on the show.)
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