AMC is celebrating a terrific start for the network’s newest series “Into the Badlands”. The show, which just wrapped up its first season earlier this month, averaged 5.3 million viewers an episode over the show’s season one debut.
The breakdown of viewers is equally as impressive, “Into the Badlands” pulled-in 3.2 million adults 18-49 and 3.3 million adults 25-54 in live+3 ratings on average. Those stats include three days of time-shifted viewing for the network.
The show’s season one finale aired on Sunday, December 20, 2015 and it delivered 3.6 million viewers for the night. Of those viewers 2 million were adults 18-49 and 2.2 million were adults 25-54 in live+3. That’s the highest time-shifting percentage gains all season for the series.
“Into the Badlands” ranks as the #3 highest-rated freshmen season of any series in cable history, among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 in live+3 viewing. The show comes in third but only following AMC other popular series “Fear the Walking Dead” at number-one and “Better Call Saul” at number 2. All three of those shows premiered in 2015, making 2015 a terrific starting point for AMC’s original lineup.
“‘Into the Badlands’ was built to be entertaining, action-packed television, and this team delivered. We’re very appreciative of the many millions of fans who have joined us in the Badlands each week,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Thanks to our terrific executive producers – showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg, David Dobkin, Stephen Fung and Daniel Wu, the stunt teams led by Stephen and Master Dee Dee for bringing the fight sequences to new heights, and, of course, the entire cast and crew who all worked so hard to bring this layered show to life.”
The success of “Into the Badlands” caps a year in which AMC was the top destination for original programming across all of television (broadcast and cable), with an average of nearly 4 million viewers in both adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 for all new episodes of original series (live+3). In 2015, AMC also became a top five cable network in prime for the full year, with the network’s series occupying 38 spots out of the top 50 telecasts for the year for all of cable (excluding sports and specials) in live/same day ratings among adults 18-49, and 34 out of the top 50 spots in live+3 ratings in the key demo.