AMC has picked up Hell on Wheels for an extended, 13-episode fourth season. (Seasons one through three ran for 10 episodes each.)
The western series did well in its move from Sundays to Saturdays, and actually saw an increase in ratings by attracting 3.3 million viewers live and with three days of time shifting. AMC has long devoted Saturdays to Western films, which likely helped Hell on Wheels grow its audience.
“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,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president in a statement. “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.”
Hell on Wheels season four will premiere in 2014 on AMC.