ADDITIONAL NOTES: the show's current season will be its last
DESCRIPTION: (from AMC's press release, May 2015) AMC's Western drama "Hell on Wheels" will return for the first half of its fifth and final season on Saturday, July 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Seven new episodes will air this summer, with the final seven episodes of the series following in 2016. Starring Anson Mount and Colm Meaney, "Hell on Wheels" examines the institutionalized greed and corruption behind the building of America's Transcontinental Railroad as loyalties are abandoned and the race between the Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines intensifies. "Hell on Wheels" opened up a new night of original programming for AMC on Saturdays - traditionally known as the most challenging night of the week for television - with the show's fourth season increasing the network's Saturday primetime average 121% in viewers in live+same day ratings. Season four of "Hell on Wheels" averaged 3.3 million viewers in live+3 ratings, which include three days of time-shifted viewing.