‘Fear the Walk­ing Dead’ sets new record for ca­ble

The China Post - - ARTS -

The new “Fear the Walk­ing Dead,” which drew the big­gest au­di­ence for any orig­i­nal se­ries pre­miere on a U.S. ca­ble TV net­work, proves that AMC has the flair for spinoffs.

An es­ti­mated 10.13 mil­lion peo­ple watched the pre­miere Sun­day night, the Nielsen com­pany said. The well- re­viewed se­ries is set in a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion and dif­fer­ent time than AMC’s “The Walk­ing Dead.”

The pre­vi­ous record-holder for top ca­ble se­ries pre­miere, “Bet­ter Call Saul,” is AMC’s spinoff of the se­ries “Break­ing Bad.”

“Fear the Walk­ing Dead” had nearly dou­ble the view­ers of the top scripted drama on net­work tele­vi­sion, CBS’ “Zoo,” which was seen by 5.85 mil­lion last week. The gap was even wider among the 18-to-49-yearold de­mo­graphic most prized by ad­ver­tis­ers. The AMC show had 6.3 mil­lion view­ers in this de­mo­graphic; “Zoo” had 1.2 mil­lion, Nielsen said.

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