‘Mad Men’ Gets Record Audience for Season Debut

Fans returned in record numbers for the first new episode of “Mad Men” in 17 months.

AMC says 3.5 million people watched the premiere of the fifth season. That’s 21% higher than the season four premiere. Adding in the repeat that aired later and 4.4 million people tuned in.

The audience had been kept waiting for 17 months after “Mad Men” aired its fourth-season finale in October 2010.

The much-acclaimed drama, set in the advertising world of 1960s New York City, stars Jon Hamm as ad exec Don Draper. (AP)

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