UPDATED: AMC made it official on Tuesday: As previously reported, the cable network is renewing its transcontinental railroad drama “Hell on Wheels” for a second season. The announcement noted that “Hell on Wheels” is the second highest-rated series on AMC — with an average of 3.2 million viewers per episode. AMC’s top-rated series is “The Walking Dead.” “Hell on Wheels” ends its first season on Jan. 15.
PREVIOUSLY: “Hell on Wheels” will have a second season, according to TV trade press reports making the rounds Saturday.
AMC hasn’t officially announced it yet — according to this story on the Hollywood Reporter Web site — but sources are telling THR that the announcement is just days away.
“Hell on Wheels” is the series set in the old West of the 19th century during the building of the transcontinental railroad. The THR story notes that the renewal is the fifth of AMC’s six drama series to get a second season — a pretty strong track record for any network.
That sixth series that didn’t get renewed was the spy thriller “Rubicon.” All of the others have gotten second seasons or more: “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Killing,” “Walking Dead” and now “Hell on Wheels.”