“Better Call Saul” lost half of its big premiere audience as it transitioned to its regular Monday timeslot last night — and AMC will probably be very happy.
The “Breaking Bad” prequel/spinoff averaged a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.42 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen estimates. It was the No. 1 show on cable Monday in the 18-49 demo as well as adults 25-54 (1.6) and all key male demos.
Sunday’s debut, which aired after the highly rated midseason premiere of “The Walking Dead,” averaged a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.88 million viewers overall. The demo haul is the largest on record for a cable series premiere, beating the previous record held by USA’s “The Dead Zone” in 2002.
Competitively in its 10 o’clock hour, “Saul” on Monday beat the 18-49 score of NBC’s “State of Affairs” (1.0), tied ABC’s “Castle” (1.6) and nearly caught CBS vet “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.7) for the timeslot lead.
And for all of television on Monday night, “Saul” was the No. 1 scripted program in adults 18-34 (1.8/7) as well as men 18-34 (2.3/9).
Roughly 65% of the show’s 18-49 audience was male.
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