December 27, 2011 9:39am PT by Lesley Goldberg
It's Official: AMC Renews 'Hell on Wheels'
It’s official: AMC has renewed Hell on Wheels for a second season.
Days after news leaked that the Western starring Anson Mount and Common would earn a pickup, the network has formally announced plans for a sophomore season.
Hell on Wheels stands as the second-highest-rated drama series on the network, averaging 3.2 million total viewers and 1.5 million in adults 25-54 and hails from writer-creators Joe and Tony Gayton.
The story of the building of the first transcontinental railroad became AMC’s second-highest original series premiere when it launched in November behind the net’s zombie hit The Walking Dead, drawing 4.4 million total viewers, and an impressive 2.4 million in the key adults 18-49 demographic.
The Western now marks the fifth of six original series to stretch beyond freshman seasons as AMC continues to find success with scripted fare, joining Walking Dead, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Killing.
The Season 1 finale is set for Jan. 15.