It’s been a very long time since we have been able to write about a pair of Saturday shows in a ratings article, but the presence of both “Hell on Wheels” and “Outlander” at the moment makes that possible. Also, both shows clearly have a lot to be happy about right now.
The only sad news for AMC’s Western series is that this past episode slipped down to a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic, tying its season low. It did manage to stay over 2 million viewers, which to us means mostly that the show skewed even older than usual for this past episode. Was the decrease in demo caused by viewers who were upset over Common’s exit from the show? In the end, there is probably not enough of a sample size to really make much of an estimate.
As for some other interesting Tuesday ratings information, the numbers for Starz’s “Outlander” continue to rise as we near the end of the summer season. With a 0.3 rating and over 1.2 million viewers, the show set series highs in both measures for the much-anticipated episode “The Wedding.” More and more, this is looking like the one series that will finally put this network on the map after many years of getting close to establishing a significant base.
“Outlander” has already been renewed for a 13-episode second season, and we certainly expect the same thing to happen for “Hell on Wheels.” So long as the show doesn’t lose any numbers, we feel like there is at least one more season left in it.
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