AMC is reporting that its freshman martial arts drama Into the Badlands averaged 5.3 million viewers, 3.2 million adults 18-49 and 3.3 million adults 25-54 in live+3 ratings
The first season finale was viewed by 3.6 million viewers, 2 million adults 18-49 and 2.2 million adults 25-54 in live+3, the highest time-shifting percentage gains of the season.
Into the Badlands was another popular premiere for AMC, ranking as the third highest-rated freshmen season of any series in cable history among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 in live+3 viewing (AMC’s own Fear the Walking Dead and Better Call Saul are the first and second highest, respectively).
“Into the Badlands was built to be entertaining, action-packed television, and this team delivered. We’re very appreciative of the many millions of fans who have joined us in the Badlands each week,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, in a press release. “Thanks to our terrific executive producers – showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg, David Dobkin, Stephen Fung and Daniel Wu, the stunt teams led by Stephen and Master Dee Dee for bringing the fight sequences to new heights, and, of course, the entire cast and crew who all worked so hard to bring this layered show to life.”
AMC hasn’t officially renewed Into the Badlands for a second season yet, but showrunners Gough and Millar seemed confident when we spoke to them following the finale. Considering the strong ratings, AMC has every reason to give the series a sophomore season.