Given how Fear The Walking Dead deliberately deviated from the popular show it spun off from, in both tone and setting, no one really knew how the new series would do with the general public. The numbers are in and we know the answer: it cleaned up.
Fear The Walking Dead pulled in 10.1 million viewers last Sunday, and hit 6.3 million in viewers 18-to-49, which earned the show an impressive (and advertiser-pleasing) 4.9 rating in that demo. This means the new spinoff had the highest-rated debut for any scripted series in basic cable history. Yes, it even beat Disney’s Descendants.
It now looks like AMC’s premature gamble to renew the show for Season 2 before it began has turned in their favor. In addition to high ratings, Fear The Walking Dead has received mostly favorable responses from critics and fans, though some parts in the pilot made people grumble. The second episode will probably not do as well as the first, but that’s to be expected of any new series.
Two years from now, watch for AMC’s third TWD show, The Walking Dead Are Really Scary, to make its debut Sunday at 9.