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'Hell on Wheels' Premieres Big for AMC

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 7th 2011 6:00PM
hell on wheels premiere ratingsAMC's new Western drama, 'Hell on Wheels,' didn't exactly impress the critics, especially AOL TV's own Mo Ryan, but it did premiere well for the network, as AMC's second biggest premiere ever with 4.4 million viewers. So it looks like 'The Walking Dead' still remains the debut ratings champ.

Although Westerns tend to appeal to an older audience, the Sunday night drama also did well in the ad-friendly 18 to 49 adult demo with 2.4 million viewers.

Pretty good for a post-Civil War era drama about the construction of railroads, right?

However, 'Hell on Wheels' did get a pretty big lead-in from AMC's ratings champ, 'The Walking Dead,' which had 6.3 million viewers and 4.3 million in the 18 to 49 demo, meaning that 'Hell on Wheels' lost about 30 percent of its lead-in. But it's still a sold retention rate for the freshman drama.

Although, let's not get too excited. Solid premiere ratings doesn't guarantee a hit, and with a lack of critical support, it's hard to predict the drama's future. Only time will tell if it's able to retain its debut audience.

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Roony

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October 27 2012 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jbnz58

Hate this show............sorry, but, it sucks.

November 27 2011 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
William

Great! About time we had an adult western. I'll be watching.

November 08 2011 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Milagros

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November 07 2011 at 10:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Susan Anderson Burns

I thought it was amazing, and surprisingly historically accurate.

November 07 2011 at 8:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dexter Morgan

I Loathe Sci fi....Vampires...paranormal and basic cable/network s*itcoms....ditto Dramedies......

but i love Westerns......

This was a big Thumbs UP.....!!!

November 07 2011 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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