AMC today announced that it has ordered a fourth season of the critically acclaimed drama Better Call Saul. The Breaking Bad prequel recently concluded its third season on AMC as the third highest-rated drama on cable among adults 25-54. The third season averaged 3.6 million viewers per episode, including 2 million adults 25-54 in Nielsen live+3 ratings. Better Call Saul will return to the network with 10 new episodes in 2018. Here's what Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, had to say in his statement regarding the renewal.
"Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, 'S'all good, man.' Congratulations to Vince, Peter, Bob and everyone involved with Better Call Saul. Bring on season four!"
The Better Call Saul Season 3 finale on June 19 delivered 3.7 million total viewers, including 1.9 million adults 25-54 and 1.7 million adults 18-49 in Nielsen live+3 ratings. AMC is currently home to four out of the top five dramas on cable for 2017, The Walking Dead at #1, Fear the Walking Dead at #2, Better Call Saul at #3 and Into the Badlands at #5. If you haven't caught up with all of Season 3 yet, including the season finale last week, there will be SPOILERS below, so read on at your own risk.
The Season 3 finale ended with Chuck McGill (Michael McKean), Jimmy's (Bob Odenkirk) brother, killing himself by setting his own house on fire while he remained inside. This brought a dramatic season to a close that was chocked full of drama between the two brothers. After the Season 2 finale, where Chuck secretly recorded his brother Jimmy confessing to a crime, Chuck used that recording to get Jimmy's law license suspended, which lead to Jimmy enacting some revenge of his own, revealing that Chuck's hyper-sensitivity to electricity is actually a mental illness, which lead Chuck's law firm partner Howard (Patrick Fabian) to try and coax him into retiring, while Chuck threatened to sue his own law office. But Howard countered with a $3 million check from his own personal funds to be rid of Chuck once and for all, and after sending Jimmy away in tears, after his younger brother was just trying to check up on him, Chuck set his own house ablaze, as the season came to an end.
This season also brought back the iconic Breaking Bad character Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), the drug kingpin who moonlights as the owner of a fast food chain dubbed Los Pollos Hermanos. Since the show is set six years before the events of Breaking Bad, there has been speculation about Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston (Walter White) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) returning for cameo appearances, but they still haven't appeared on the show quite yet. Series creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have not yet indicated an end game for Better Call Saul, but it's possible that the show could pick up right at the beginning of Breaking Bad, revealing Jimmy McGill's true transformation into the shady lawyer Saul Goodman.