Sunday night’s premiere of a new AMC drama series was a smash hit for the cable network — its second-highest-rated series debut ever, Deadline.com reports.
The new Western series "Hell on Wheels" drew 4.4 million viewers. In adults 18-49, the show had 2.4 million viewers, and in adults 25-54, 2.3 million viewers watched.
In AMC’s history, only "The Walking Dead," which premiered in 2010, had a better opening, pulling in 5.3 million total viewers.
"Hell on Wheels" is set in post-Civil War America, the creation of Joe and Tony Gayton. AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement: “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.”