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AMC Renews FEAR THE WALKING DEAD For Third Season

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Days after a season two premiere that solidified “Fear the Walking Dead” as the #2 show on cable (behind only “The Walking Dead”) and the #7 show in all of television – cable and broadcast – among adults 18-49 this television season, AMC announced that it has renewed the series set at the onset of the zombie apocalypse for a third season of 16 episodes, airing in 2017. The network also announced that it had renewed the live aftershow “Talking Dead: Fear,” hosted by Chris Hardwick, for another season, following all new episodes of “Fear.”

In Nielsen live+3 ratings, Sunday’s “Fear the Walking Dead” season two premiere delivered 8.8 million viewers, including 5.7 million adults 25-54 and 5.3 million adults 18-49. The live “Talking Dead: Fear” aftershow delivered 2.8 million viewers including 1.8 million adults 25-54 and 1.6 million 18-49.

“What Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman have invented in ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ is to be applauded. Watching Los Angeles crumble through the eyes of our characters and seeing each make decisions and try to figure out the rules of their new world – it’s fresh, eerie and compelling and we’re all in for the ride,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “As Victor Strand observed, ‘The only way to survive a mad world is to embrace the madness.’ We thank the millions of fans for embracing this mad world and look forward to sailing far into the future.”

Key Nielsen Highlights for the premiere of “Fear The Walking Dead” (L+3)

Episode 201, 9 p.m., Sunday, April 10

  • 8.8 million viewers, up 32% from live/same day (growth of 2.2 million)
  • 5.3 million Adults 18-49, up 36% from live/same day (growth of 1.4 million)
  • 5.7 million Adults 25-54, up 35% from live/same day (growth of 1.5 million)

Key Nielsen Highlights for the premiere of “Talking Dead: Fear” (L+3)

Episode 201, 10:01 p.m. Sunday, April 10

  • 2.8 million viewers, up 19% from live/same day
  • 1.6 million Adults 18-49, up 19% from live/same day
  • 1.8 million Adults 25-54, up 21% from live/same day

Current Live+3 Adults 18-49 Season Average Rankers

Cable Only       

A18-49  Program Name                                     US AA %          (000)

AMC     WALKING DEAD                                  9.1                    11,493

AMC   FEAR THE WALKING DEAD           4.9                   6,195

ESPN   COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L               4.8                    6,129

ESPN   NFL REGULAR SEASON      L               4.5                    5,726

AMC     TALKING DEAD                                   3.0                    3,743

FX        AMERICAN HORROR STORY               2.9                    3,702

FX        ACS: PEOPLE V. OJ SIMPSON             2.8                    3,509

AMC     INTO THE BADLANDS                          2.5                    3,201

NFLN    THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL             2.5                    3,197

TBS      MLB NLCS                                            2.3                    2,938

Source:  Nielsen L+3 (09/21/2015 – 04/10/2016).  Excludes repeats, specials. Top 10 Listed.  Rank on (000).  2+ TC

All Television (Broadcast and Cable)

A18-49  Program Name                                     US AA %          (000)

AMC     WALKING DEAD                                  9.1                    11,493

NBC     NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL         7.5                    9,505

FOX     EMPIRE                                                6.6                    8,389

CBS     CBS+NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL            5.7                    7,282

CBS     BIG BANG THEORY, THE                     5.5                    6,992

NBC     SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK            5.4                    6,795

AMC   FEAR THE WALKING DEAD           4.9                   6,195

ESPN   COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO L               4.8                    6,129

ESPN   NFL REGULAR SEASON      L               4.5                    5,726

FOX     X-FILES                                                4.3                    5,448

Source:  Nielsen L+3 (09/21/2015 – 04/10/2016).  Excludes repeats, specials. Top 10 Listed.  Rank on (000).  2+ TC

A wholly original companion series to “The Walking Dead,” the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years, “Fear the Walking Dead” is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and showrunner David Erickson and produced by AMC Studios.

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