Hell on Wheels: Season Two for AMC Series

Hell on Wheels season twoAMC has renewed their freshman drama Hell on Wheels for a second season. The series, which revolves around the creation of the United States’ first transcontinental railroad, brought the cable channel’s second-highest series premiere (behind The Walking Dead) on November 6th. The debut drew an impressive 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.36 million total viewers.

The ratings declined a bit but remained quite impressive for several weeks. Once Walking Dead finished for the year however, the ratings took a big tumble. The most recent episode drew a 0.6 rating in the demo and 2.27 million.

Here’s the press release about the renewal:


Series is Second Highest Rated Drama Series on AMC

New York, NY – December 27, 2011 -AMC has announced the renewal of “Hell on Wheels” for a second season. The original series reigns as the second highest rated series on AMC, averaging 3.2 million viewers and 1.5 million Adults 25-54.* Season one’s finale is Sunday, January 15th at 10pm EST. “Hell on Wheels” is created and written by Joe and Tony Gayton (Faster/Uncommon Valor/Salton Sea/Bulletproof), who also serve as executive producers. John Shiban (“The X-Files,” “Breaking Bad”), Jeremy Gold, Endemol’s SVP of scripted programming and David Von Ancken, who also directed the pilot, serve as executive producers. The series is executive produced by Endemol USA with Entertainment One (eOne) serving as the studio. eOne’s Television CEO John Morayniss and SVP creative affairs Michael Rosenberg oversee production in partnership with co-producers Mike Frislev and Chad Oakes at Nomadic Pictures.

*Source: The Nielsen Company (L+SD), HOW Sun 10pm (11/6/11 – 12/18/11). P2+ and A25-54 rtg, (000)

“Hell on Wheels” tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Anson Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to ‘Hell on Wheels,’ a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time. It examines the railroad’s institutionalized greed and corruption, the immigrant experience, and the plight of the newly emancipated African-Americans during reconstruction. Over time, “Hell on Wheels” chronicles this potent turning point in our nation’s history, and how uncivilized the business of civilization can be.

“Hell on Wheels” stars Anson Mount (City by the Sea, Cook County) as Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier hell bent on avenging his wife’s death; Colm Meaney (Get Him to the Greek) as Thomas “Doc” Durant, a greedy entrepreneur taking full advantage of the changing times; musician/actor Common (Just Wright, Date Night) as Elam Ferguson, an emancipated slave working to achieve true freedom in a world entrenched in prejudice; Dominique McElligott (“The Philanthropist”) as Lily Bell, a newly widowed woman trying to survive in a man’s world; Tom Noonan (“Heat”) as Reverend Cole; Ben Esler (“The Pacific”) as Sean McGinnes and Philip Burke (“Law & Order,” “Mercy”) as Mickey McGinnes, two young brothers looking to find their fortune in the new West; and Eddie Spears (“Into the West”) as Joseph Black Moon, a Native American man torn between his culture and the changing world around him.

Shot on location in Alberta, Canada, the series is produced with assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Film Development Program.

AMC’s Joel Stillerman, SVP of original programming, production and digital content, Susie Fitzgerald, AMC’s SVP of scripted programming and Jason Fisher, SVP of production oversee development and production for “Hell on Wheels.”

About AMC
AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe(R) Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

About eOne
eOne (LSE:ETO) is a leading international company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of entertainment content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, kids programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 20,000 film and television titles, 2,400 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.

About Endemol USA
Endemol USA is a leading producer of television programming specializing in unscripted and scripted genres for network and cable television. The company produces the hit shows “Wipeout,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Deal or No Deal,” and “Big Brother.” Endemol USA is a division of the Endemol Group, a leading international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. The company, headquartered in the Netherlands and the UK, has subsidiaries and joint ventures in 26 countries, including the major European markets, the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. Endemol is owned by a consortium consisting of Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Mediaset Group and Cyrte Group. For more information, please visit http://www.endemolusa.tv. Endemol is a privately held company.

What do you think? Are you glad that Hell on Wheels has been renewed? Given the big fall in ratings without Walking Dead, do you think it should have been cancelled instead? Are you still interested?

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47 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Jo says

    Please advertise more to keep this awesome, epic returning for many more seasons. I don’t think many people know about it..

  2. Mary Kay says

    Absolutely love the Hell on Wheels series. Don’t want to wait for the 2nd season. Anson Mount is perfect for the role. The entire cast is as amazing as the set & scenery. We will be waiting with baited breath to continue this saga:)

  3. Gina says

    Ah yes…Rubicon mentioned in these comments. Loved that show. What a shame it didn’t come back. Probably too intricate and intellectual for the average viewer who watches shows like the bachelor and donald trump crap, wipeout, big brother.Good think Endemol has someone at the helm who knows good stories. Love all the AMC offerings. The Killing is outstanding, Walking Dead so fun to watch. Mad Men getting boring, Breaking Bad also. Those 2 storylines need punching up and maybe new writers.

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  5. BarbaraThompson says

    Hallelujah! Thank you AMC for bringing back excellence to TV! This show is one of the best pieces of historically accurate and quality storytelling I have seen in decades! I am thrilled Hell on Wheels has been renewed and I will anxiously await season 2! This show is well cast, well written, well directed and most importantly well acted. Emmy bound and definitely deserving! Anson Mount has now been thrown into super stardom! To those who have not seen this series you need to! Great history lesson and phenomenal piece of work! I hope this show continues for years!

  6. Kat says

    As someone who’s actually watched the show (which doesn’t seem to be the case for all the commentators above me), I’d say I’m pleased it got renewed. Overall, I’d rather have Rubicon, but I just recently finished watching a marathon of episodes on tape and I just couldn’t put it down, it was so engaging. I definitely want to see more of these characters. Not as great as The Walking Dead, but then, what is?

  7. alan says

    Love the show and am very glad to see it come back. It is so different than the redt of the shows on tv. Everything else seems to be some kind of reality show or sitcom and this is a refreshing change. Good job AMC.

  8. 2dimplzs says

    I’m very happy that they brought this show back. This is the first western I’ve ever seen that dealt with the issues of the time such as extreme racism post civil war/slavery. This show holds no punches in how it approaches these topics and at the end of the day it shows that people, regardless of color, status, etc. are simply PEOPLE and when cut we all bleed the same. I appreciate how Hell on Wheels delves into the journey as the main characters realize that they’re all just people wanting the same thing: respect as a man, woman and human being.

    • J-Max says

      Don’t have much to add to your very well-stated critique except that I love, love, love this show! The entire cast, including Anson Mount and Common, are wonderful in this series. Can’t wait for season 2.

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