AMC has seen tremendous success over the last few years with its lineup of original dramas. The network has been the home of “The Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands,” “Hell on Wheels” and “Preacher” this year alone, and spin-off shows like “Better Call Saul” and “Fear the Walking Dead” are still pulling in fantastic numbers. That’s not even including past hits like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” making AMC a must-have app on mobile device and a popular streaming destination for viewers.
One of the newest series to hit the network, “Preacher,” recently wrapped-up its first season. The numbers show that the series is an instant hit with viewers, and the first season landed the series as one of the top 10 cable dramas for the year. The show was also the #2 new cable drama of 2016 among adults 25-54. The initial season of 10 episodes averaged 3.0 million viewers per episode, including 1.7 million adults 25-54. Sunday’s finale delivered 3.1 million viewers, including 1.7 million adults 25-54, this according to AMC’s latest announcements.
The series will return for a second season next year and all 10 episodes of season one are currently available on AMC.com for the next two months as a summer binge for fans who want to relive favorite moments and episodes, catch up in anticipation of season two or just watch from start to finish. Over the course of the season, Preacher episodes were watched 2.4 million times online through AMC.com and other authenticated digital platforms, in addition to the linear viewership.
“When we announced plans for a TV adaptation of the iconic comic book ‘Preacher,’ the most consistent reaction – often, even, from existing fans – was, ‘There’s no way to do that story on television.’ Thanks to the vision, passion, smarts and guts of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Sam Catlin and the entire team on this show, we have just concluded a season of television that looks like nothing else I have ever seen on television,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Huge thanks and well done to the trio of Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun, who are now leading a road trip unlike any other. And, of course, thank you again to our partners at Sony Pictures Television, Tom Cruise, and the creators of ‘Preacher,’ Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the latter simply for being so damned crazy in the first place. It is the time of the Preacher, and the story really has just begun.”
“Preacher” was developed for television by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (“This is The End,” “Superbad,” “Neighbors”) and showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”). The series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Ruth Negga as Tulip, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, W. Earl Brown as Sherriff Root, Anatol Yusef as DeBlanc, Tom Brooke as Fiore, Derek Wilson as Donnie Schenck and Ian Colletti as Eugene/Arseface.
The Showrunner, Executive Producer and Writer for the series is Sam Catlin, with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver for Point Grey Pictures serving as executive producers.