AMC’s Western-themed drama attracted 4.4 million viewers to rank as the network’s second-best series premiere in history (behind zombie phenom The Walking Dead).
“I congratulate the entire cast and crew of Hell on Wheels for pulling off a project of this scope,” said AMC prez Charlie Collier in a statement. “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. We look forward to sharing the lives of these characters in the weeks and months to come.”
TVLine readers, meanwhile, thus far have given Sunday’s premiere an average ratings of “C+” (per the poll below), suggesting Wheels‘ may take a hit in Week 2. Will you tune next Sunday?