It didn’t smash any cable records like the Sunday premiere did, but AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff still had a very good result last night in its regular slot. The second episode of Better Call Saul drew 3.4 million total viewers and 2.1 million among adults 18-49 on Monday at 10 PM, according to Nielsen.
While down 48% in viewership and 52% in the key demo from the glory of The Walking Dead led-in first night of its two-night premiere, the series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould improved AMC’s five-week average in the Monday slot by 494% in total audience and 629% among the 18-49s. Rating to rating, last night’s Better Call Saul got a 1.6 compared with Sunday’s 3.4 adults 18-49 result. Last night’s demo rating for BCS is tied with preliminary numbers for CBS’ NCIS:LA and ABC’s Castle as the top result in the slot on TV on Monday.
'Better Call Saul' Debut Ratings Break Cable Records, 'Walking Dead' Returns Steady
The first original drama in the slot, Better Call Saul replaces a Monday schedule usually filled with movies and repeats by AMC. For instance, on February 2 a Breaking Bad encore ran in the time period as a part of a marathon of the Emmy- and Peabody-winning series. The repeat of the sixth show of BB’s fifth season from 10:10 to 11:15 PM last Monday pulled in 656,000 total viewers and 322,000 in the demo. Or rather, Episode 2 of BCS beat the encore of the BB that first aired on August 19, 2012, by 418% in total viewers and 552% among adults 18-49.
Episode 2 of the Bob Odenkirk-starring show was preceded by an encore of the first episode at 9 PM. That repeat got 1.7 million viewers with 877,000 in the 18-49 demo. Banking on a big digital afterlife, AMC said it plans to issue full results for BCS’s two-night debut sometime next week when the Live+3 ratings are in. Let’s see then how much of a launch Better Call Saul got from that prized post-Walking Dead slot and how much the ratings rocket flew solo – if you know what I mean.
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