Fear The Walking Dead‘s launch episode has become the most watched series premiere in US cable TV history.
A massive 10.1m viewers tuned in to the first episode of the eagerly-anticipated zombie drama, a spin-off from The Walking Dead, which aired on AMC on Sunday night (August 23).
The Walking Dead‘s launch episode attracted an impressive 5.4m viewers in 2010, but the show’s popularity has swelled in subsequent seasons, with last year’s season five premiere attracting 17.3m viewers, the highest ever audience for a drama in US cable TV history.
AMC’s president Charlie Collier said in a statement: “We are releasing these live/same day ratings because Fear The Walking Dead delivered record-breaking numbers that are all the more special in this era of time-shifted viewing and audience fragmentation.
“To have a companion series to the Number One show on television driving communal, urgent viewing, social activity and pop cultural relevance of this magnitude is truly differentiating. Of course none of it is possible without the fans, whose passion leads to these remarkable results.”
The first season of Fear The Walking Dead will comprise six episodes, but the network has already ordered a second season to follow in 2016.
In the UK, Fear The Walking Dead will begin next Monday (August 31) when AMC launches in the UK. The UK channel will be available exclusively to BT customers through BT TV.
The spin-off series is set in the midst of the same zombie apocalypse as The Walking Dead, but takes place in a different location, Los Angeles, and focuses on different characters and storylines. The spin-off has been co-created by Robert Kirkman, whose graphic novel also provided the basis for The Walking Dead.
Its main cast includes young British actor Frank Dillane, who played Tom Riddle in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince, Orange Is The New Black‘s Elizabeth Rodriguez, Missing‘s Cliff Curtis and former Treme star Kim Dickens.