Zombie drama starring Andrew Lincoln has recently returned to its best ever ratings

The Walking Dead has been renewed for a fifth season by US cable network AMC.

Season four of the acclaimed zombie drama starring Andrew Lincoln began on AMC earlier this month (October) and the premiere episode drew the show’s best ever audience of 16 million viewers. The Walking Dead is currently the most-watched show in America among adults aged 18-49.

“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season,” AMC president’s Charlie Collier said in a statement.

“This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.”

In the UK The Walking Dead is shown on the FOX channel and season four began on October 18 – just five days after its US premiere. Season four will include 16 hour-long episodes – the same number as season three – but AMC has yet to confirm how many episodes season five will contain.