Before we start to sit around and eagerly await word on a possible “Hell on Wheels” season 4, there is one other key piece of information to address: What sort of ratings the show ended up drawing for its season 3 finale on Saturday.
Thanks to the unusual day in which the show airs, we have to wait a little bit longer for the figures to come in. However, The Futon Critic now claims that a grand total of almost 2.5 million viewers watched the finale, and this also included a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Let’s compare this to the season 1 finale for “Low Winter Sun,” which drew just over 600,000 viewers and also a series-low .15 in the demo. While the latter series may have faced a ton of competition, Saturday is infamous for being the night where all TV goes to die. So to see any show find a way to succeed in this time? Well, we certainly value that and consider it a reason to cheer on Cullen Bohannon and company.
While these ratings are not enormous or record-shattering, they are in our mind worthy for a renewal. Also consider this: AMC touted “Mad Men’s” season 6 finale as the biggest in its history, and it only drew 200,000 more viewers … and it didn’t have to sit on a Saturday-night schedule. “Hell on Wheels” proved itself this summer and fall to be a show that can survive no matter the circumstances, and with so many of their other original franchises dying, there is no reason in our mind for the network to send this show packing.
Do you think the ratings for this particular episode help the show’s odds; or, do you imagine that the show was already well on its way to a renewal in the first place? We’ve touched on all of the reasons why the show should be back at the link here, just in case you haven’t seen it already.