Western continues cabler's success with originals

AMC has given a second-season order to oater “Hell on Wheels.”

The renewal marks another success story for the cabler: All of its first-year scripted series, except one, have earned new seasons. “The Killing,” “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad” all made it past their rookie season. Only “Rubicon” was canceled after one season.

“Hell on Wheels” drew a healthy 4.4 million viewers for its Nov. 6 debut, with 2.4 million in the 18-49 demo. The season finale is set for Jan. 15.

Show, which shoots in Alberta, Canada, and centers on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad after the Civil War, stars Anson Mount, Colm Meaney and Common.

Entertainment One produces, with creators Joe and Tony Gayton exec producing alongside Jeremy Gold of Endemol, John Shiban and pilot director David Von Ancken.

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