Despite declining ratings, in March of 2016, AMC gave Better Call Saul an early third season renewal. While it has never been a huge ratings success, the Breaking Bad prequel is one of the network’s top-performing shows that doesn’t involve the zombie apocalypse. AMC continues to promote the series and even ran Breaking Bad marathons ahead of this season’s premiere. Can Better Call Saul build up its audience? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned. *Status update below.
A black comedy crime drama hybrid airing on the AMC cable channel, Better Call Saul kicks off six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) became Walter White’s lawyer. Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Patrick Fabian, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando, and Giancarlo Esposito also star. In the early 2000s, Saul is still down-on-his-luck Jimmy McGill. He’s trying to negotiate the ethical dilemmas of the legal world, emerge from his older brother’s shadow, and make a name for himself. Armed with optimism and a quick wit, Jimmy is a legitimate lawyer who often finds his ambition at odds with his moral compass.
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For comparisons: The second season of Better Call Saul averaged a 0.89 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.158 million total viewers.
What do you think? Are you still watching the Better Call Saul TV series? Should this AMC TV show be cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?
*6/27/17 update: AMC has renewed Better Call Saul for a fourth season. Details here.