AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) is quietly emerging as one of cable TV's most dangerous broadcasters of original programming, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

Recently, the network ordered a fourth season of Hell on Wheels. The Western drama set during the expansion of the U.S. transcontinental railroad isn't as well known as Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead, but its viewership rose in the third season. Last month's finale drew an audience of 2.49 million, a 14% year-over-year increase.

AMC wisely moved the series from Sunday to Saturday nights, following a long day of classic Western lead-ins. Genre viewers seem to be trying the show as a result. That's a credit to rule-breaking executives tasked with building a sustainable portfolio of original programming, Tim says.

Do you agree? Have you been watching Hell on Wheels or any of AMC's other lesser-known dramas? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take, then leave a comment to let us know what you think.