AMC Drama Sees Alarming Erosion

Nov 23, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A new AMC drama series has dropped significantly in the ratings since its debut in early November, reports Joe Adalian in New York Magazine’s Vulture blog.

"Hell on Wheels" slipped Sunday to 1.58 million viewers younger than 50, down from 2.4 million in its Nov. 6 debut, the story says. That’s a drop of 35% for the railroad-oriented Western series.

"While it’s not uncommon for big cable shows to suffer some audience decline after heavily hyped debuts, being down by this much after just three weeks isn’t a good thing," Adalian points out.

The latest installment of “Hell” lost about 60% of its “Walking Dead” lead-in, the story notes.

"The Killing," also on AMC, increased slightly in the 18-49 demographic with its third broadcast, the story adds.

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