AMC has renewed its Western drama Hell on Wheels for an expanded fourth season. The series was moved to Saturday for the third season, a day that AMC usually devotes to classic Western films and television shows, enabling it to bring in a much larger audience than its second season on Sunday nights. For season three, the show brought in an average audience of 3.3 million viewers live and with three days of time shifting.
Charlie Collier, AMC President, said: “John Wirth and his team on both sides of the camera delivered a remarkable third season and Hell On Wheels fans responded. We are so proud of this show and congratulate everyone who has contributed to its success. AMC has served passionate Western fans for three decades, so it is particularly gratifying to see these viewers capping off their Saturdays with an original Western on what has historically been a tough night of the week for television. Our commitment to the genre is unwavering and we look forward to continuing to super-serve this audience with an expanded fourth season of Hell on Wheels.”
The episode count has been expanded from ten to thirteen for the fourth season. The show returns next summer. It is executive produced by showrunner John Wirth (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Falling Skies), Mark Richard and Jeremy Gold, EVP of Creative Affairs, Endemol Studios.