Ratings: Better Call Saul Is Cable's Highest-Rated Series Premiere Ever

Better Call Saul Ratings Record

Better Call Saul broke just fine, thank you.

AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel spinoff on Sunday night drew 4.4 million viewers in the coveted 18-49 demo, making it the highest-rated series launch in cable history. Saul also set a cable-TV record with 4 million viewers in the 25-54 demo.

In total audience, Better Call Saul delivered 6.9 million viewers, while TVLine readers gave the first episode an average grade of “B+.” The series makes its regular time slot premiere tonight at 10/9c.

Opening AMC’s night, The Walking Dead drew 15.6 million total viewers, with 10.1 mil landing in the 18-49 sweet spot — up from its winter finale (14.8 mil, 9.6 mil) and on par with its year-ago midseason opener.

In 18-49, TWD nipped at the heels of last week’s aprés-Super Bowl episode of The Blacklist, which landed 10.7 million in the demo.

Talking Dead‘s midseason premiere led out of Saul with 2.8 million total viewers, and 1.9 mil in the 18-49 demo.

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  1. Emily says:

    Better Call Saul is *not* the most-watched basic cable series premiere ever. The Closer opened to 7M viewers in 2005.

  2. Matt says:

    Hmmm…Emily has a point. The title of the article does seem to suggest it. I thought the same thing.

    • John says:

      The Closer debuted in 2005 when there was no Netlfix,On Demand or Instant Streaming And the top 20 shows on tv got over 15 million viewers(only 3 shows currently on hit that). 7 million viewers in 2015 is comparable to 14 million viewers in 2005

    • Wes says:

      Well you’re just like Emily , you might want a efresher on basic reading 101 class.

  3. JImN says:

    Critics are not to be trusted. This was a waste of the space on my DVR. Most boring show I’ve see in 3 years

  4. Just saying says:

    The spcene during the trial where Saul

  5. liame says:

    This seems like a CBS following.

  6. Mr.Truth says:

    This show sucks!!!The only reason it received so many viewers was because people(myself included) still has a breaking bad itch that needs to be scratched.That being said,once people realize there not going to see Walter and Jesse cooking ice and killing people….THIS SHOW IS A RAP!!..

  7. Ja Jung says:

    Like what I see so far. backstories are interesting. Will definitely follow the series.