AMC’s once again splitting The Walking Dead in two, with the network just announcing the premiere day of the current season’s second half. Season six, which is airing on Sunday nights at 9pm ET/PT, will air eight new episodes in the first half of the season and then return on Valentine’s Day 2016 with eight more season six episodes.
The Walking Dead season six premiered on October 11th to 19.5 million viewers making it the #1 premiere among adults 18-49 for the 2015/2016 season. According to AMC, The Walking Dead‘s the only cable program to hold the #1 spot, with the current season the third in a row to top the chart.
“What an unforgettable week for all who love The Walking Dead – from sharing the premiere with more than 13,000 screaming fans at a packed Madison Square Garden to our sixth season return on Sunday as the number one show in all of television. We’re so humbled and proud of the way this incredibly ambitious episode has been received,” stated Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “All credit goes to the amazing talent that continues to drive this show, beginning with Robert Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple, the executive producers, cast and crew and, of course, the terrific fans who inspire us all.”
The Walking Dead starring Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Lennie James, Michael Cudlitz, and Steven Yeun also returned to a big welcome on social media, generating almost one million tweets on October 11th.