Big Numbers for ‘Breaking Bad’ Fail to Rub Off on Another AMC Drama

Sep 3, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A ratings surge for the AMC drama series "Breaking Bad" — one of the summer’s cable hits — hasn’t carried over to another AMC drama. The New York Times’ Arts Beat reports that the cable channel’s other Sunday drama, "Low Winter Sun," is seeing its numbers rapidly erode.

The debut episode of "Sun" drew 2.5 million viewers for its Aug. 11 premiere, but the total fell to only 1.5 million viewers for episode two. The Aug. 25 installment — the most recent episode for which ratings are available — delivered only 1.2 million viewers, the story adds.

The piece notes, "Even ‘The Killing,’ another AMC dark cop drama that was broadcast on Sundays earlier this summer, had a larger audience for its Season 3 finale on Aug. 4: 1.5 million viewers. ‘The Killing’ has not yet been renewed for a fourth season, which does not bode well for the prospects of future seasons of ‘Low Winter Sun.’"

The report adds: “’Hell on Wheels’ — the Western that AMC banished to Saturday this season, which has no lead-in to speak of — had more total viewers than ‘Low Winter Sun’ for its Aug. 24 episode, with 2 million."

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