AMC has renewed its western drama “Hell on Wheels” for a fifth and final season of fourteen episodes which, like the final seasons of the network’s various other shows such as “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” will be split in two.
The first seven episodes will air next summer with the final seven premiering in summer 2016. The show still has several more episodes of its current fourth season run to play out this month.
The show is averaging 3.4 million viewers in Live+3 ratings on Saturdays. Originally moved to Saturdays to be killed off, the show has proven a strong performer and ultimately led to AMC establishing a new evening of original programming.
AMC president Charlie Collier says: “With season five of Hell on Wheels, we are proud to bring our transcontinental journey to conclusion for the large, loyal audience that has traveled with Cullen Bohannon and his crew for so many years. We look forward to appropriately honoring Hell on Wheels in this final season. Enormous thanks to the terrific writers, cast and crew for all they have achieved and for all that lies ahead in the Wild West.”