‘Better Call Saul’ Ticks Up to 1.6 Million Viewers for Season 5 Premiere

Airing behind the mid-season return of “Walking Dead” certainly helped

Better Call Saul Season 5
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Jimmy McGill’s tenure of practicing law as Saul Goodman got off to a good start for AMC’s “Better Call Saul.”

The Season 5 premiere of the “Breaking Bad” prequel nabbed 1.6 million viewers on Sunday night, a 4% increase from its last episode back in October 2018. That’s right, it’s been 16 months since Kim (Rhea Seahorn) found out that her boyfriend would be taking on the Saul Goodman moniker full-time as a lawyer (though Bob Odenkirk previously told TheWrap that big moment from the Season 4 finale wasn’t as big of a deal as fans thought).

Sunday’s “Better Call Saul” was also up 4% among adults 18-49 viewers (638,000) and 10% in the adults 25-54 demographic (781,000). However, it was down 10% in total viewers from its last season premiere, which was in August 2018. It also fell 5% among adults 25-54.

“Better Call Saul” had the benefit of airing behind the mid-season premiere for “The Walking Dead’s” 10th season, which drew 3.5 million viewers at 9 p.m. “The Walking Dead” also returned with 2 million viewers among the adults 18-49 demographic and 1.6 million in adults 25-54.

Between both “The Walking Dead” and “Better Call Saul,” AMC now has the top two cable drama premieres of the current television season in both the adults 18-49 and 25-54 demos.

“Better Call Saul” will air its second episode of Season 5 in what will be its normal time slot on Monday night at 10 p.m.