8 April 2013 12:47 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Mad Men returned for its sixth season nearly matching last year’s performance.

Sunday night’s premiere garnered 3.4 million viewers, almost equaling last year’s 3.5 million viewers, which was a series high for the show. Last year’s fifth season opener jumped 41 percent from the previous year. So it appears Madison Avenue period drama’s popularity may be evening out.

Here’s a question for you: Is Mad Men a hit? AMC’s breakthrough drama has consistently garnered enormous critical acclaim and armfuls of awards. Yet it’s long been considered a weak performer in the ratings, a show that »

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