‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Scares Up Huge Ratings

Fear the Walking Dead Scares Up Huge Ratings
Lexi Johnson as Gloria in ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ (Photo by Justin Lubin / AMC)

How big was Fear the Walking Dead‘s season one premiere? Big enough to set a new record for the biggest cable series premiere in history. The Walking Dead spinoff/prequel drew in 10.1 million viewers for the 90 minute episode one which aired on August 23, 2015, including 6.3 million adults in the 18-49 age range. Fear the Walking Dead‘s huge debut pushed the network’s Better Call Saul into second place on the all-time cable series premiere chart, with The Walking Dead now residing in the fifth spot.

“Thank you and congratulations to Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson, the brilliant executive producers and the entire cast and crew of Fear the Walking Dead,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC and SundanceTV, commenting on the show’s big ratings. “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.”

Season one will consist of six episodes, with season two expanding to 15 new episodes in 2016. The series stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, and Frank Dillane, and is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Erickson, David Alpert, and Greg Nicotero.

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