Western draws a combined 3.8 million for Sunday's finale

AMC oater “Hell on Wheels” closed out its first season with 2.8 million viewers for its initial Sunday telecast.

With another 1 million viewers watching an encore telecast, the skein drew 3.8 million. In the 18-49 demo, the show drew 1.2 million over the two telecasts.

“Hell on Wheels” is now the cabler’s second most-watched series behind zombie drama “The Walking Dead.” Over the season, “Hell of Wheels” averaged 3 million viewers overall and 1.3 million in the 18-49 demo.

That was a big 35% drop from the Nov. 6 season premiere in which the show drew 4.4 million viewers following its lead-in from “The Walking Dead.” Soon after, though, the series regained its legs and was given a second-season order in December.

The skein, about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, stars Anson Mount, Colm Meaney and Common. Creators Joe and Tony Gayton exec produce with John Shiban, Jeremy Gold and David Von Ancken, who directed the pilot.

“Hell on Wheels,” shot on location in Alberta, Canada, is produced by Endemol USA and Entertainment One.

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