Hell On Wheels is coming to a halt.
Three years after it debuted on the network, AMC has renewed the series for a fifth and final season, TVWise has learned.
14 episodes have been ordered for the final season, which, just as AMC did for the final seasons of Breaking Bad and Mad Men, is being split in two halves. The first seven episodes will air next Summer, while the remaining seven will follow in 2016.
Hell On Wheels has been a unlikely sleeper hit for AMC. The first season debuted in the Fall of 2011 and after OK ratings was renewed for a second season, which aired in the Summer and retained a good portion of its audience. The following year, AMC shifted Hell On Wheels to Saturdays, which at the time many considered to be the death knell for the series.
Instead it thrived, registering ratings growth and substantially increasing AMC’s average audience on Saturday nights, resulting in AMC expanding the fourth season to 13 episodes, up from the standard 10. That ratings trajectory continued this season, with the first 10 episodes having averaged 3.4 million viewers (vs 3.3 million last year) – making it a top-20 ad-supported cable drama.
“With season five of ‘Hell On Wheels,’ we are proud to bring our trans-continental journey to conclusion for the large, loyal audience that has traveled with Cullen Bohannon and his crew for so many years,” said Charlie Collier, President of AMC. “We look forward to appropriately honoring ‘Hell On Wheels’ in this final season. Enormous thanks to the terrific writers, cast and crew for all they have achieved and for all that lies ahead in the Wild West.”