It looks like the Breaking Bad spinoff is breaking more ratings records. Just more than a week after the new AMC show shattered the cable series premiere record among adults 18-49, Better Call Saul has now claimed the top spot in both that key demo and adults 25-54 in Live+3 results.
With the 3-day digital time shifting viewing numbers in, the Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould created series drew 9.8 million total viewers for its February 8 debut. While a 42% rise from the Live + Same Day numbers, the BB prequel really hit the jackpot with the 40% jump among the 18-49s to 6.1 million and the 43% leap among the 25-54s to 5.7 million. Those results eclipse the October 31, 2010 Live + 3 results of 4.255 million among the 18-49s that The Walking Dead snared for AMC and the 4.199 million among the 25-54s that TNT’s Falling Skies snagged on its May 19, 2011 debut.
“This is a terrific start for a program we love,” said AMC boss Charlie Collier today. “We so appreciate everyone involved, starting with creators and showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, series star Bob Odenkirk and an amazing studio partner in Sony, team of EPs, cast and crew. There are many who are responsible for taking Better Call Saul from ‘Can we actually do this?’ to the biggest series premiere in the history of cable television.”
The second night of the BCS 2-night premiere also saw big upward movement for the show in Live + 3 results. With 5.8 million in total viewers, the February 10 first broadcast show was up 69% from its Live + SD numbers. Among the 18-49s, BCS’s Monday night debut was up 76% to 3.6 million and up 84% among the 25-54s to 3.4 million.
As things stand right now, BCS is the second highest rated cable show among the key demo in Live + 3 results with 4.962 million to the Walking Dead’s 12.767 million. FX’s now ended Sons Of Anarchy is in the third spot with 4.866 million, American Horror Story is fourth with 4.492 million and, in a testament to WD’s blockbuster power, The Talking Dead show on AMC is fifth with 3.949 million season to date. The Walking Dead holds the top non sports Live + 3 18-49 spot in both cable and broadcast with CBS’ The Big Bang Theory number #2 with 8.153 million and Fox’s Empire in third place with 7.371 million. Better Call Saul sneaks into the Top 10 in ninth place, just ahead of FX’s SOA.