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Ratings: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Premiere Dips From Finale, Tops Sunday in Demos

One week after “The Walking Dead” wrapped its season with monster numbers on AMC, its spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead” delivered a solid season-two premiere performance on Sunday.

AMC will release “live plus-3” ratings for “Fear the Walking Dead” on Friday, but the show returned with a 3.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.7 million total viewers in Nielsen’s “live plus same-day” averages.  While Sunday’s demo rating was below any of the drama’s six episode-run last summer and fall, “Fear” came within 9% of its finale in 18-49 (3.4) and was within 3% of its finale total-viewer count (6.9 million) and off just 1%. It opened huge last August (4.9 in 18-49, 10.1 million) before gradually tailing off over the next five weeks.

It shows you how big “The Walking Dead” is that its spinoff can garner less than half the original’s rating yet still stand as Sunday’s top program in both adults 18-49 (3.1 rating) and 25-54 (3.6 rating). NBC’s “Little Big Shots” was the top Sunday broadcast series in 18-49 (2.0) and 25-54 (2.6).

“Fear the Walking Dead” currently stands as the No. 2-rated cable entertainment series of the 2015-16 season, behind only “The Walking Dead.” And in all of television, excluding sports and specials, “Fear” ranks No. 6 in adults 18-49 this season.

On average during its first season, “Fear the Walking Dead” saw an average “live plus-3” lift of about 50% in adults 18-49 from its same-day average (3.8 to 5.7).

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