“Halt and Catch Fire” has shown itself to be over the years one of our favorite TV dramas. For one, it is incredibly intelligent, and it features top-notch performances across the board from the likes of Lee Pace, Kerry Bishe, and just about everyone else.
Unfortunately, there has been one problem plaguing it almost from the very beginning of the series, and it is this: There just aren’t a whole lot of people actually watching the show. It’s remained almost permanently on the bubble, and for one reason or another, it’s been a struggle to convince new viewers to check it out.
The latest season is airing on a new night in Tuesdays, and with that came even greater uncertainty given that AMC is not really known for airing scripted programming at that time of the week. The new ratings are a reflection of that, unfortunately. Per TV Series Finale, the premiere episode drew a 0.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic while also posting close to 370,000 viewers. Note that the site is considering the Sunday preview airing as the premiere, which was not heavily promoted in advance and just popped up there at the last minute.
Still, the premiere episode did fare better than episode two in the standard Tuesday timeslot. This installment drew just a 0.1 rating and 340,000 viewers. Obviously, these numbers will be boosted by DVR viewership in the coming days, but the second season averaged a 0.2 rating to go along with over 500,000 viewers a week. We’ll have further updates as time goes on.