After the runaway success of The Walking Dead, it's looking like AMC, the network that broadcasts the show, have another smash hit on their hands with Fear The Walking Dead.
The 90 minute premiere scored a whopping 10.1 million viewers and, when broken down into demographics, an amazing 6.3 rating among 18-49 year olds.
The incredible figures mean Fear has achieved the biggest series premiere in cable history in terms of viewers and key demos - not bad for a first episode right?
President of AMC Charlie Collier spoke after the ratings were revealed.
Thank you and congratulations to Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson, the brilliant executive producers and the entire cast and crew of Fear the Walking Dead. It is increasingly difficult to evaluate a show’s success on night one. However, we are releasing these live/same day ratings because Fear the Walking Dead delivered record-breaking numbers that are all the more special in this era of time-shifted viewing and audience fragmentation. To have a companion series to the #1 show on television driving communal, urgent viewing, social activity and pop cultural relevance of this magnitude is truly differentiating. Of course none of it is possible without the fans, whose passion leads to these remarkable results.
The show, a prequel to The Walking Dead which debuted with 5.4 million viewers back in 2010, is based around a Los Angeles family at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. The big question on critics' and fans' lips now is can FTWD maintain both the interest in the show and its ratings. I guess we shall all soon see (unless we get caught in a zombie apocalypse of course...)
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