‘Hell On Wheels’ Second Season Premieres Down

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August 13th, 2012


Hell On Wheels second season premiered to 2.5 million viewers and 793,000 adults 18-49 (a 0.6 rating), down significantly from last November’s first season premiere which drew 4.3 million and a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating.  Of course, the season one premiere had the benefit of a huge lead-in from The Walking Dead, but last night’s results were also down a bit from the season one finale last January that didn’t have The Walking Dead as a lead-in and drew 2.9 million viewers and a 0.7 rating with adults 18-49.

  • John A

    This show was bad last season when i watched a bit. Cant say im shocked by its bad numbers.

  • Tommy

    I’m not shocked.

    I really wanted to like this show but I just couldn’t get past the first three episodes.

  • Alex

    No Walking Dead + DISH customers gone = bad ratings.

  • velouria00

    I gave it the entire first season, but it never got any good, so I can’t say I’m surprised by these numbers.

  • PJ

    Unlike some posters, I really like HOW. Last night it was competing with the Olympics closing ceremonies plus DISH customers could only watch online which isn’t counted in the ratings. No Walking Dead lead in and a time change didn’t help either.

  • Simon Jester

    Deadwood-lite. Pass.

  • Mark Wilkins

    I loved it, but I guess this will be the final season

  • DeeAgeaux

    I have watched every episode and will continue to do so.

    Not my favorite show but still a good show.

    Comparing basic cable(Hell on Wheels) to premium cable (Deadwood) is apples and oranges.

  • Simon Jester

    @DeeAgeaux – Nonsense. Other AMC shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad compare very favorably to the best of what premium has to offer. Hell on Wheels just isn’t in the same league.

  • Delimart

    Rubicon, The Killing… next will be Hell on Wheels…

  • Concerned Citizen

    Not at all surprising without the TWD lead-in. Having said that, it should still be in line for a renewal. Obviously, things could change if the ratings drop in subsequent episodes is unusually high. But most likely it should still stay ahead of where The Killing was, and it doesn’t have the same kind of critical backlash. Not to mention the fact that AMC can’t really afford to lose it right now; Breaking Bad and Mad Men are both ending soon, and while they have two pilots that (given AMC’s history with pilots) are very likely to make it to series, they have no idea how those will do. The Walking Dead is the only other sure thing right now, so I doubt they’d be willing to cancel Hell on Wheels for now. Wouldn’t necessarily mind it if they did; not a fan of the show. But it should be safe for another season at the very least.

  • MoreTears

    It will be an easy renewal. The numbers are actually STRONG when you look at them in context — a summer as opposed to a fall launch like last year, Dish subscribers without access, up against Olympics’ closing ceremonies.

  • sharpDallas

    Hate to be PC but the main character was hero to southerners bc any historian knows what justice would have been doled out in post war Mississippi to union soldiers who raped his wife and killed his family. They’d have just been given a pass or worse. That made his portrayal of the character very believable and interesting. Y’all have to understand portraying a southerner as anything other than a ignorant, hillbilly is a miracle. Historically accurate and great acting makes this an exciting show to watch.

  • chrisss

    Ratings like this means that Hell on Wheels won’t be coming back next summer, which is why imo Breaking Bad S5 was split in 2.

  • MoreTears

    Sorry, chrisss, but Hell On Wheels will be back for season 3. It got more viewers on Sunday than episodes 2 through 4 of Breaking Bad this season, and the 2.5 million viewers for Sunday’s Hell On Wheels was right around the middle for the numbers the final six episodes of HOW’s first season garnered, numbers which varied from 2.15 million to 2.84 million. And you have no clue why Breaking Bad’s fifth season was split into two, evidently.

  • Mike W

    I’ve had the last couple of episodes on my DVR for months now, and have tried to continue watching them, but it just doesn’t hold my interest.

  • MoreTears = Pathetic

    Hey, “More Tears”:

    You’re coming off as desperate, ignorant, and pathetic. Seriously, man: you’re in “obsessed fan” territory.

    Look on the bright side. After the show is cancelled in a few months, maybe you can convince the cast to come over and perform the next season in your parents’ basement.

  • Yep

    Mount tweeted the ratings earlier today, saying…

    “Ratings for Season 2 premiere: 2.2 Household rating and 2.5 million overall. 500,000 viewers higher than expected.”

    So, AMC is pleased. The challenge is going to be holding those numbers after Breaking Bad is finished and before The Walking Dead starts back up. Not to mention battling the upcoming fall shows on regular networks.

    As for last night’s premiere, it was a disappointment – the writing is simply intolerable (are the scripts typed up on thinly sliced cheddar?). The big fight scene touted in the previews lasted what? 30 seconds? And it felt SO contrived. The dialogue exchange between Doc and Cullen directly afterwards where Doc defends the other men in the gang by saying “those boys are the closest thing to family i got” giving Cullen a chance to segue-way into “they dug up my family” was painful to listen to.

    I gave this show my attn for the full season 1; mainly because of that Alberta sky, Ton Noonan, and Christopher Heyerdahl. This season I’ll give Hell On Wheels 3 episodes and then re-evaluate. Next week’s episode was written by someone other than the Gaytons and I have my fingers crossed it makes all the difference.

    Anyway, I could dissect this abomination all day, but I think you get my point; I wouldn’t even blink if this show got cancelled.

  • Telstar

    I don’t buy that AMC is pleased. Mount’s “higher than expected” tweet is a bit of after-the-fact spin. The premiere got lousy numbers, so AMC chose to announce those numbers were “hire than expected.” Standard issue lies.

    Incidentally, one of the most pathetic parts of this whole spectacle is Mount begging his paltry amount of Twitter followers to “PLEEZ WATCH THE SHOW PLEEZ” every week.

    It’s sad.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Telstar: AMC did not issue a release spinning the numbers. But I wouldn’t be that surprised if it was a little better than expected particularly if AMC lowered expectations a lot due to Olympics closing ceremonies.

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