Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul has finished its US run as the highest-rate new cable series of the US broadcast season.
Wrapping a week ago, it averaged 5.9 million US viewers, including 3.7 million adults 18-49 and 3.6 million adults 25-54, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3″ estimates.
Variety reports the show got a big launch courtesy of The Walking Dead, but after seeing an expected decline the following week, it held at a strong level during the rest of its 10-episode run.
Charlie Collier, AMC president, said in a statement, “As much as we enjoyed the year-plus gestation period that included friends, fans, critics and even family members telling us not to mess with the legacy of Breaking Bad (one of the most beloved series in television history), this was never anything we took even close to lightly. Happily, the first season of Better Call Saul delivered on every level imaginable thanks to the continued brilliance of, and enjoyable partnership with, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould.
“The broad and passionate response to their incredibly well-executed vision, and to the achievements of the entire writing team, cast, crew, our studio partner, Sony, and – of course, notably, the remarkable Bob Odenkirk – is so well-deserved. Better Call Saul has already established itself as one of TV’s top dramas, and we can’t wait to share season two as Slippin’ Jimmy continues his metamorphosis into full-on Sauldom.”
Better Call Saul has also been pivotal for the launch of Nine-Fairfax SVOD Stan, which was reportedly heading towards 100,000 subscribers last month.