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Season five of Mad Men is the most watched season to date; 2.7M watch season finale making it most watched season finale in series history

Last night, AMC concluded season five of “Mad Men,” which resulted in the most watched season to date with an average of 2.6 million viewers increasing 15% over last season’s average. Last night’s finale marks the highest finale in the series history with a 2.0 HH rating and 2.7 million viewers. Among the core demo of Adults 25-54, “Mad Men” delivered 1.4 million viewers marking an increase of +13% versus the season four finale. “Mad Men” is a top 3 original drama series each week among Adults 25-54 on basic cable.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Season five premiere is most-watched Mad Men episode ever; 3.5M total viewers

Last night, AMC debuted season five of “Mad Men” with a two-hour premiere, which resulted in record ratings making it the most watched episode ever from the series. From 9pm-11pm EST, the network attracted a 2.5 HH rating delivering 3.5 million viewers. This marks a +21% growth from season four’s premiere. Among the core demo of Adults 25-54, “Mad Men” delivered 1.7 million marking an increase of +17% versus the season four premiere. “Mad Men” airs on AMC Sunday nights at 10pm ET/PT.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Mad Men season 5 cast photos

AMC has updated the official website for Mad Men with new cast photos in anticipation for the upcoming two-hour season premiere on Sunday, March 25 at 9 p.m. Click over the jump to check out all the photos.

Mad Men stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Jared Harris, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer and Jay R. Ferguson.

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AMC announces Q1 & Q2 premiere dates for Mad Men, The Killing, Comic Book Men, The Walking Dead and Talking Dead

AMC announced today, from the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, premiere dates for new and returning original series in Q1 and Q2 2012, including the critically acclaimed dramas “Mad Men,” “The Killing” and “The Walking Dead,” as well as its unscripted series “Talking Dead” and “Comic Book Men.”

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Winners

ABC’s Modern Family won a total of five Emmys tonight, including Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Julie Bowen), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Ty Burrell), Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Steven Levitan, Jeffrey Richman) and Outstanding Comedy Series.

On the drama side, Mad Men won only one Emmy tonight (two total Emmys including one Creative Arts Emmy it won on 9/10), but it was for Outstanding Drama Series–the show’s fourth straight win in the category.

Boardwalk Empire led all programs with a total of eight awards (seven Creative Arts and one tonight for Martin Scorsese’s direction of the series pilot).

Other noteworthy wins included two for the fourth season of Friday Night Lights: Kyle Chandler for Outstanding Acting in a Drama series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Jason Katims).

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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AMC extends Mad Men episode length by 2 minutes

Mad Men creator/executive producer Matthew Weiner has announced that AMC has extended the run time for upcoming episodes of the critically acclaimed series by 2 minutes; from 45 minutes to 47.05 minutes. The 45-minute figure was the one agreed upon by both parties earlier this year during a contract dispute.

That original agreement called […]

Jon Hamm locked into Mad Men for three more seasons

Jon Hamm has closed a new deal re-negotiating his previous two-year contract on AMC’s Mad Man to three years at a significantly higher rate (reportedly eight figures) [via Deadline]:

The new renegotiated deal raises his pay significantly in exchange for adding an extra year to his contract. Its length now alines it with the […]

Jon Hamm to direct Mad Men season five premiere

Mad Men star Jon Hamm tells TVLine that he will direct the show’s upcoming fifth season premiere:

“The wheels have officially been set in motion to make that happen…It’s a very exciting challenge that I’m looking forward to with a mixture of utter fear and excitement.”

Production on the fifth season is […]

First four seasons of Mad Men to join Netflix Instant Streaming on July 27, 2011

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world’s leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows, and Lionsgate (NYSE :LGF), a leading global entertainment company, today announced a multiyear syndication deal in which Lionsgate has licensed the first four seasons of its Emmy Award-winning series ”Mad Men” to be watched instantly by Netflix members starting July 27, with additional seasons being added annually after they complete airing on their respective seasons on the AMC network.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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Mad Men renewed for fifth and sixth seasons; Matthew Weiner staying on as showrunner

AMC and Lionsgate today announced the return of the iconic series “Mad Men” for seasons five and six with series creator Matthew Weiner back on board as showrunner. Concurrently, it was announced that Weiner has signed a new long-term deal with Lionsgate, extending into a possible seventh season. The announcements were made by Charlie Collier, president of AMC, and Kevin Beggs, president of Lionsgate Television Group.

Not included in the press release (which you’ll find included in full after the jump), but reported on elsewhere are some details on the deal. First up, although the renewal is for two seasons (through season six) a pick-up for season seven is likely given Matthew Weiner signed a new deal (worth a $25-30M) that would take him through a possible seventh season. Also, AMC will air full 47-minute cuts of the season premiere and finale episodes, but will choose between airing a 45 or 47 minute cut of the episodes in between (this would in effect give them an additional 2 minutes of ad-time revenue per week). If the network decides to air the shorter version, they would air the extended cut online and on-demand.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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AMC greenlights fifth season of Mad Men; But it won’t premiere until March 2012

AMC has greenlit a fifth season of Mad Men, but extended negotiations with Matthew Weiner — who is reportedly seeking an enormous $30M three-year contract — means the fifth season won’t premiere until March 2012, 17 months after the fourth season finale:

According to sources with knowledge of the negotiations, Weiner had […]

AMC and Lionsgate close to finalizing deal for fifth season of Mad Men

Deadline is reporting that AMC and Lionsgate are close to a new deal that would sign Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner to a new deal and officially greenlight a fifth season of the critically acclaimed drama series Mad Men.

The bad news, however, is that because the negotiations have lasted this long, the fifth season likely […]