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You knew the ratings for AMC’s Better Call Saul would drop for the second episode. The premiere aired after Sunday’s midseason return of The Walking Dead which, as we pointed out yesterday, is a bit like running after the Super Bowl of dramas. Plus, Saul scored the Biggest Debut in Cable History and the second hour aired Monday night — an evening AMC doesn’t usually program with original dramas.

So a sharp decline was fully expected. The only question was: “By how much?”

Here are the results: Better Call Saul had 3.4 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. That’s precisely a 50 percent drop in viewers, along with a 52 percent fade in the demo.

It’s always distressing to see so many people walk away from a well-crafted show after giving it a chance. But this is roughly what EW staffers predicted around the virtual water cooler this morning. Fans shouldn’t be concerned since AMC has already picked up Saul for a second season. It will be interesting to see how Saul holds up in the coming weeks, especially since one recurring comment from viewers seems to be that, even among critics who have seen the first three episodes, it’s not yet clear what the show will be like on a weekly basis.