On Sunday night AMC finally premiered Fear the Walking Dead, a spinoff (or companion series, as they like to call it) from The Walking Dead, and it was a massive hit.
Fear the Walking Dead became the number 1 rated cable series ever launched with a record shattering 10.1 million viewers, including 6.3 million adults between the age of 18-49. The last series debut to hold the number 1 spot was Raising the Bar (7.7 mil in 2008), a short lived courtroom drama starring Zack from Saved by the Bell.
The previous record holder in the 18-49 demo was Better Call Saul, which garnered 4.4 million earlier this year. So basically, AMC is demolishing all other cable networks with Fear The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, and The Walking Dead all sitting in the top 5 best of all time for premier viewership in that demo.
Fear the Walking Dead takes place in L.A. and is set right before the zombie outbreak that plagued The Walking Dead. The series stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey, and Frank Dillane (as pictured above) – and is created by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy).
FTWD will run for 6 episodes and basically lead right into the season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead.