Very killer news for Fear The Walking Dead.
AMC’s zombie-drama Fear The Walking Dead is officially the highest-rated series first season in cable TV history, with total viewers and in key demo, with Live+3 viewing tabulated.
In its six-episode Season 1, FtWD averaged 11.2 million viewers, 7.3 million adults 18-49 and 7.2 million adults 25-54, tallying three days of time-shifted viewing.
Only Donald Trump could argue that these numbers don’t justify AMC taking a victory lap today; no doubt he’d boast his two episodes as freshman star of cable’s popular GOP debate series have averaged 24 million viewers.
AMC started celebrating today when L+3 numbers came in for Sunday’s first season wrap-up episode, showing it logged in at 10.1 million viewers, including 6.5M in the younger demo and 6.6M in the slightly older age bracket.
Across all of TV, FtWD ranks as the No. 3 freshman scripted series starter season in the 18-49 demo, behind only Fox’s Empire and NBC’s first iteration of Heroes, since Nielsen began reporting L+3 in the 2006-2007 TV season.
With this success, AMC announced Fear The Walking Dead will get the aftershow treatment for the entirety of its second season of 15 episodes in 2016. Talking Dead will follow each FtWD episode, hosted by Chris Hardwick. For its first season, AMC ran The Talking Dead after the premiere and with Sunday’s S1 ender. The premiere companion focused on The Walking Dead as a Season 6 preview show; the finale companion show included Fear cast members and examined the first season. (That Sunday Talking Dead special delivered 2.9 million viewers, 1.8 million adults 18-49, and 2.0 million adults 25-54 in Live+3 ratings.)
“When we set out to launch a companion series to the #1 show on television, there were truly many things to fear, beyond ‘Fear’ itself. To see this show stand alone, break through and set records as a unique piece of storytelling is very gratifying and a tribute to great creative talent,” Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, said today, taking that victory lap.
Being best sure doesn’t suck and I look forward to where the story goes next season. This week though, It’s The Walking Dead time!