11:05am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Better Call Saul' Renewed for Fourth Season at AMC
No surprise here: AMC has renewed Better Call Saul for a fourth season.
The Breaking Bad prequel, produced by Sony Pictures Television, will return with 10 new episodes in 2018, the cable network announced Tuesday.
"Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, 'S'all good, man,'" AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement. "Congratulations to Vince [Gilligan], Peter [Gould], Bob [Odenkirk] and everyone involved with Better Call Saul. Bring on season four!"
The series wrapped its third-season run with a surprising finale that [spoiler alert!] featured what is expected to be the final episode for co-star Michael McKean, whose Chuck McGill was seemingly killed off as the show grows closer to connecting to Breaking Bad.
Season three of the drama averaged 3.7 million total viewers, including 1.9 million among adults 25-54 and 1.7 million adults in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, when factoring in three days of delayed viewing. That's good enough to become the third-highest-rated drama on cable among adults 25-54, trailing only AMC's The Walking Dead and prequel Fear the Walking Dead.
Better Call Saul has typically earned an early renewal. That wasn't the case this season as negotiations took longer than expected given the executive shuffling at both AMC (where longtime head of programming Joel Stillerman exited for Hulu) and Sony Pictures Television (where co-presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht left for Apple and a new SPE CEO was brought in).