AMC has picked up a 10-episode third season of Better Call Saul five episodes into the Breaking Bad prequel’s sophomore run. Creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will return as executive producers/co-showrunners.
The drama, whose series premiere set a cable ratings record, has continued to be a strong ratings performer in Season 2, pulling in 2.7 million adults 18-49 in Live+3 for its Season 2 premiere on February 15. That was a 22% increase over its the series debut. The Season 2 debut of Better Call Saul surged 83% in total viewers in L+3 to 4.7 million. The four-episode Season 2 Live+3 ratings averages are 4.4 million viewers per episode, including 2.7 million adults 25-54 and 2.5 million adults 18-49.
Better Call Saul is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. Back then, Saul is known as Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny and hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside and often against Jimmy is “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut, a beloved character first introduced in Breaking Bad. The series tracks Jimmy’s transformation into a man who puts the criminal in “criminal lawyer.”
“What Vince, Peter, Bob and the entire team have accomplished with Better Call Saul is truly rare and remarkable,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “They have taken one of the most iconic, immersive and fan-obsessive (in the best possible way) shows in television history and created a prequel that stands on its own.”
Better Call Saul comes from Sony Pictures TV, which also recently saw its WGN America series Outsiders get renewed for a second season, Underground break premiere ratings records for WGNA and new AMC drama Preacher open at SXSW.
Gilligan and Gould executive produce Better Call Saul with Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein and Thomas Schnauz.
Here’s a clip from the most recent episode: