'Hell On Wheels' Comes Out Shooting - Is AMC's Second Best Original Series Premiere

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November 7th, 2011

The 10pm premiere of AMC's Hell On Wheels averaged 4.4 million viewers and a ~1.9 adults 18-49 rating. Those numbers rank it second only to The Walking Dead in terms of ratings for a series premiere.

Hell On Wheels” BECOMES AMC’S SECOND HIGHEST

ORIGINAL SERIES PREMIERE

DELIVERING 4.4 MILLION VIEWERS

 

2.4 MILLION ADULTS 18-49

2.3 MILLION ADULTS 25-54

 

New York – November 7, 2011 – Last night’s series premiere of AMC’s “Hell On Wheels” delivered a 3.1 HH rating attracting 4.4 million viewers, becoming the second highest series premiere in AMC’s history following the success of “The Walking Dead.”  “The Walking Dead,” which premiered its second season on Sunday, October 16th continues to be the most watched drama series in basic cable history for Adults 18-49.

“I congratulate the entire cast and crew of ‘Hell On Wheels’ for pulling off a project of this scope. Bringing the grandeur of the old west and the building of the railroad to life is no small feat and the Gaytons, with their team, have delivered a beautiful world of which we are all so proud,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president. “We look forward to sharing the lives of these characters in the weeks and months to come.”

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season premiere of “Hell on Wheels” at 10pm:

 

  • 3.1 HH rating with 4.4 million viewers
  • delivers 2.4 million Adults 18-49
  • delivers 2.3 million Adults 25-54

 

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live+SD 11/6/11, AA (000), 10pm premiere telecast.

“Hell on Wheels,” is set in post-Civil War America circa 1865. The series centers on former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife.  His journey takes him west to ‘Hell on Wheels,’ a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time.  The series examines the railroad's institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction.  Over time, “Hell on Wheels” chronicles this potent turning point in our nation's history, and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.

“Hell on Wheels” is created and written by Joe and Tony Gayton who also serve as executive producers along with Endemol’s Jeremy Gold and John Shiban. Entertainment One (eOne) produces the series.

“Hell on Wheels” stars Anson Mount (In Her Shoes, “Law & Order”) as Cullen Bohannon; musician/actor Common (Just Wright, Date Night) as Elam; Dominique McElligott (“The Philanthropist”) as Lily Bell; Colm Meaney (Get Him to the Greek) as Thomas “Doc” Durant; Ben Esler (“The Pacific”) as Sean McGinnes; Philip Burke ("Law & Order," "Mercy") as Mickey McGinnes and Eddie Spears (“Into the West”) as Joseph Black Moon.

“Hell on Wheels” has already been described by InTouch as “Unforgiven meets Glory in this grimy post-Civil War Western series.” The New York Daily News said, "AMC rolls out another winner with ‘Hell on Wheels’... 4 Stars." The Washington Post calls it, “hands down the most intriguing show in the fall slate.” USA Today says, “the show aims for “hellish” and it achieves it” and The Wall Street Journal says “railroads may not seem sexy, but this series brings a ‘There Will Be Blood’ aesthetic to episodic TV.”

About AMC

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series - Drama for three consecutive years.  Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories.  AMC's original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.”  AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About.  Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv.  AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.  AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

 
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