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AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’ Drops in Move to Monday, But is Night’s Top Cable Show in Demos

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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