The Mad Men season 5 premiere ratings were through the roof! Following a long absensce of 17 months, the return of Mad Men season 5 to AMC was a huge audience draw for the network. The Mad Men fifth season premiere was watched by 3.5 million viewers, an amazing increase of 21 percent from the show’s fourth season premiere in 2010.
The fifth season of Mad Men was heavily delayed over heated renewal negotiations between creator Matthew Weiner, Lionsgate studio and the AMC network. Thankfully, everything was finally resolved and production on Mad Men season 5 resumed with the cast and crew intact. Weiner reportedly walked away with a $30 million contract for an additional three seasons of the show.