Against all expectations, ‘Fear the Walking Dead‘ has smashed television records by being being the most watched television premiere of all-time on basic cable.
10 million people tuned in to watch the prequel (goddamn it, that’s what it is) to The Walking Dead, which was no doubt partially down to people needing their zombie fix with the parent show being between seasons.
“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,” AMC claimed in a press release.
“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.”
Fear won’t struggle to keep ahold of its audience as long as it keeps the tension and attention to characterisation that was found in its premiere. Following a massively dysfunctional family during the onset of the apocalypse, the series revolves around the disintegration of civilisation as people start rising from the dead and nibbling on the living.
It has an able cast, an almost relentless sense of dread and smart pacing: here’s hoping we manage to stay away from farms for as long as possible, though.
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