Fear the Walking Dead, the prequel series to The Walking Dead, premiered on AMC last night. With a whopping 10.1 million viewers, the series achieved the biggest series premiere in cable TV history.
Here in the UK we will have to wait until next Monday to see what is said to be a stunning opening to the series, but for now check out the press release below.
The Press Release:
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD” BECOMES THE #1 SERIES PREMIERE IN CABLE HISTORY IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND ALL KEY DEMOS.
90-MINUTE EPISODE DELIVERED 10.1 MILLION VIEWERS, INCLUDING 6.3 MILLION ADULTS 18-49.
AMC IS NOW HOME TO THREE OF THE TOP FIVE PREMIERES IN CABLE HISTORY AMONG ADULTS 18-49, AND THE TOP TWO NEW SERIES PREMIERES IN 2015.
“TALKING DEAD” SEASON 6 PREVIEW SPECIAL DELIVERED 4.2 MILLION VIEWERS.
NEW YORK, NY – August 24, 2015 – Last night’s special 90-minute series premiere of “Fear the Walking Dead” made television history, delivering 10.1 million live/same day viewers and becoming the #1 series premiere in cable television history for total viewers and all key demos. The episode delivered 6.3 million adults 18-49. In that coveted demographic, AMC now is home to three of the top five cable series premieres of all time in live/same day viewing – “Fear the Walking Dead” at #1 (2015), “Better Call Saul” at #2 (2015) and “The Walking Dead” at #5 (2010) – a remarkable accomplishment so far into the post-DVR era. A “Talking Dead” Season 6 Preview Special that preceded the “Fear” premiere last night delivered 4.2 million viewers, and 2.5 million adults 18-49.
“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. “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.”
Discover the origin that led to the events of the hit programme The Walking Dead with AMC’s spinoff prequel series FEAR THE WALKING DEAD which is set to premiere on BT TV on Monday 31st August 2015 to coincide with the launch of the AMC channel in the UK.
Set in Los Angeles, society begins to unravel as the worldwide infection takes hold and the undead apocalypse begins.
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Mercedes Mason.