AMC’s ‘Hell on Wheels’ slides without ‘The Walking Dead’

When “Hell on Wheels” was announced to have its second season begin in August rather than later in the fall, we knew there was going to be some sort of drop in the ratings — even with that in mind, though, AMC has to at least be somewhat pleased with how the series fared with is season 2 premiere on Sunday night.

Overall, the series pulled in about 2.5 million viewers, and of this group close to 800,000 of them were in the 18-49 demographic (which probably averages out to around a 0.7 rating). These numbers are not home runs, but consider a few factors here first and foremost.

1. The first season premiered after “The Walking Dead,” and had the show as a lead-in for the first several weeks. Viewers at least knew it was on at that time even after the zombie drama went on hiatus, so more of them stuck around.

2. This episode was in direct competition with the Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony, and many may have recorded it.

3. Dish Network still is not carrying AMC following their dispute earlier this summer, so its viewer base is more limited than it was last year. There also doesn’t appear to be any end in sight at the moment.

To put this in comparison with some other shows on AMC, “Hell on Wheels” premiered to a number that was less than “Man Men” (3.5 million) or “Breaking Bad” (2.9 million), but neither of these shows faced the same sort of competition and are far more critically acclaimed. “The Walking Dead,” meanwhile, is the most-watched scripted show on cable in the 18-49 demo.

How do you think the “Hell on Wheels” premiere did once you put everything into perspective? To check out some more news from the world of “The Walking Dead,” be sure to visit the link here.

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