AMC laid out the endgame for a drama series that has been a staple on the cable channel in recent years. The network ordered a fifth season of the Western period drama “Hell on Wheels,” indicating that it will be the show’s final season, Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com.
The network ordered 14 episodes, and plans to split the fifth season in half, with seven episodes airing in 2015 and seven in 2016.
“AMC’s decision to set an end date for ‘Hell On Wheels’ is surprising,” Andreeva writes. “The show opened up a new night of original programming for the network on the low-trafficked Saturday and has held up well there — it actually grew its audience in the move from Sunday.”
She adds, “‘Hell On Wheels’‘ current season is delivering an average of 3.4 million viewers in Live+3 to date. That is up a fraction from the Season 3 viewership of 3.3 million and way up [from] the averages for AMC’s freshman dramas ‘Turn’ (2 million) and ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ (1.3 million), both of which were renewed for a second season.”
So aside from ratings, what’s the difference between “Hell on Wheels” and the two freshman dramas? Andreeva notes that both the freshman dramas are owned by AMC, while “Hell on Wheels” is not.