Fear The Walking Dead premiered on AMC Sunday night to record numbers.
It’s no surprise that the companion series to The Walking Dead drew in large audiences, but the series far surpassed expectations, delivering 10.1 million live/same day viewers and becoming the #1 series premiere in cable television history.
“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 in a press release. “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 achievement now makes AMC home to three of the top five cable series premieres of all time in live/same day viewing – Fear the Walking Dead at #1, Better Call Saul at #2, and The Walking Dead at #5.
New episodes on Fear airs Sundays at 9pm on AMC.
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