AMC’s ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Has the Highest-Rated First Season in Cable History

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Fear the Walking Dead,” AMC’s second successful offshoot of a popular series this year, has become the highest-rated first season of any series in cable history.

Last Sunday’s season finale averaged a 5.15 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.11 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, which include delayed viewing via VOD and DVRs during the three days after its initial telecast. It was up slightly in total viewers vs. the previous week.

For its six episodes, “Fear” averaged 11.2 million viewers, including 7.3 million adults 18-49 (a 5.8 rating), according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. On average, it grew from “same-day” to “L+3” by 2.0 ratings points in 18-49 (from a 3.8 rating) and by 3.6 million total viewers overall (from 7.6 million).

AMC is now home to the top three cable series season debuts ever in Live+3: “Fear the Walking Dead,” “The Walking Dead” in 2010 and “Better Call Saul” earlier this year.

“Fear” saw a gradual decline in its ratings since the show’s monster premiere on Aug. 23, but it continued to put up strong numbers despite significant competition from NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” in its final four airings. It finishes as television’s No. 2 new series of 2015, behind only Fox’s “Empire.” 

During its first season last spring, “Better Call Saul” averaged 5.9 million viewers, including 3.7 million adults 18-49 and 3.6 million adults 25-54, according to Nielsen’s “live+3” estimates.

AMC also announced Friday that “Talking Dead,” the live after-show hosted by Chris Hardwick, will air after each episode during the show’s second season in 2016. The “Talking Dead” special that aired after “Fear’s” Oct. 4 season one finale delivered 2.9 million viewers, including 1.8 million adults 18-49 and 2.0 million adults 25-54.

“The Walking Dead” kicks off its sixth season this Sunday on AMC.






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  1. Gio Bassani says:

    Amazing show ever!! Great actors, the best! Love it , addicted to this show!

  2. loco73 says:

    I actually enjoyed the show. Sure it wasn’t groundbreaking or anything, due in large part of being used to five seasons of “The Walking Dead” and its frenetic, crazy pace, the amazing characters, the various storylines and plot points.

    Usually I am not a big fan of spin-offs. Oftentimes many of these concepts do little in the way or originality and creativity, other than trying to piggyback on whatever made the original TV series work…a pure study in greed and a shameless cash grab.

    While at the beginning I was unsure what to make of “Fear The Walking Dead”, as the show unfolded I came to appreciate it for what it is, a companion piece for “The Walking Dead”, an expansion and addition to the universe we’ve come to know over the past five, well now six, seasons. It is a look in the other direction, gazing over the fence into your neighbour’s yard…

    “Fear The Walking Dead” is not perfect, but the show grew more than enough on its own to be a good, solid, standalone piece of television. This series might never become a trailblazing TV programme, but I for one do want to see what comes next.

  3. rick says:

    Blah blah blah blah – @ginger_26 and @queenbrat …. Thank god you guys hate the show enough to pick it apart from every angle but still watch it. Fools like you will keep the ratings high enough to keep it on the air. Those of us who enjoy FTWD appreciate your patronage.

  4. Ginger_26 says:

    I have to agree with queenbrat when she says the mother is an awful expression of character. I watch her closely each show waiting for a reaction but she is simply too awful, void of emotion, and stiff. I hated this show but for some reason I kept recording it and watching it in my spare time, really spare time! I have never rushed to watch these episodes because they were long, dragged out, and painfully boring. The son is so annoying with his ridiculous faces, hair, dirty clothes, and so-called drug problem. It’s so not believable. And the sister with her self absorbed attitude, seemingly so disconnected from the horrors happening around her. The scene when her and the stepbrother wrecked the rich neighbor’s house was senseless and ridiculous. I was shocked when the last episode finally displayed a story line, suspense, and many intense moments of zombie threats. The last show was great. but why did we have to wait so many episodes for this? Seems like there was no script to follow! We’ve all been bamboozled for our obsession and commitment to The Walking Dead. That is the only reason I tuned in to this show.

  5. queenbrat says:

    Its still an awful show. I will still watch it but I only care about seeing the city fall apart. I hate the characters. I can’t connect to them and don’t care if they survive. I sort of wish they’d kill them all off and start with new people.The last 2 episodes were better when I saw real emotions coming out which made me like a couple of them better but then of course they go and kill her. They need to work on the acting and the storytelling and make the characters more likable. The only reason it had good ratings was because of TWD connection. Ratings dropped off a lot every week as people realized the show was really bad. In this type of genre you have to invest in the characters so that you can’t wait to see what happens, how they grow. But this cast makes it hard to do that. The mother is stiff and emotionally void. The junkie and other daughter, self absorbed snots. How can I like unlikable people? I hope we see more of the city next season. Its just a shame that I watched TWD for the characters, they drew me in from the first minute. And I find myself watching FTWD for the city and to see society fall apart. but I have complete indifference to the characters.

  6. Syed Shazeb says:

    holy shit the FTD finale was nuts. that ending smh ah well had to happen. i wonder where they going now

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