The season six cliffhanger of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was definitely doozy because when it returned last Sunday night, the premiere of season 7 pulled in over 20 million viewers.
With these numbers, “The Walking Dead” was able to hold down the spot as the number one show on television for the fifth consecutive season. Even more so, the gold has rubbed off because the expanded 90-minute episode of “Talking Dead,” presented live from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in front of 2,500 fans, became the highest-rated episode of that show ever as well.
According to the Nielson Ratings, “The Walking Dead” season seven premiere brought in approximately 20.8 million total viewers, 13.2 million adults 18-49 (a national rating of 10.3) and 13 million adults 25-54 (a national rating of 10.8), growth of 7 percent in total viewers from the season six premiere, 3 percent in adults 18-49 and 7 percent in adults 25-54. From the season six finale, the premiere grew 13 percent in total viewers, 14 percent in adults 18-49 and 11 percent in adults 25-54.
Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios said,
“When millions of fans come together at almost exactly the same time to share a story – a story elevated, that viewers anticipate and have time to let sink in and discuss, moments we collectively feel – it’s as good as television gets and a reminder of the power of weekly storytelling. This week, ‘The Walking Dead’ once again provided that for all of us. Rest in peace, Glenn and Abraham. You will never be forgotten.”
AMC has officially announced that their newest hit series, “Preacher,” will have a longer second season! Season two will have 13 episodes rather than 10. The show is currently only halfway into its 10-episode first season.
“Preacher” is based on the graphic novel series written by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. The television adaptation was developed by stoner-comedy buds Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, along with writer Sam Catlin.
Fulfilling a promise to his deceased father, one-time outlaw Jesse Custer returns home to West Texas to take over his dad’s church. Jesse’s mission, however, becomes twisted when his body is overcome by a cryptic force that unleashes within him a highly unconventional power. Together with hell-raising ex-girlfriend Tulip and Irish vagabond Cassidy, the preacher-in-training embarks on a journey to find God in a world inhabited by holy, hellish, and everything-in-between characters.
According to a release from the network, the show is “currently averaging 3.3 million viewers per episode” and is the number-two series on cable among adults ages 18-49 and 25-54.
“What Sam, Seth, Evan and the entire creative team have achieved in bringing Garth Ennis’ graphic novel to the screen is extraordinary,” said AMC president Charlie Collier. “We look forward to more time with these unforgettable characters be it in Heaven, Hell, Texas or beyond.”
AMC’s pre-walking dead series “Fear the Walking Dead” has already been popular enough to warrant renewal for a third season. While it has just begun the second season, AMC recognizes its potential and fast tracked the renewal.
AMC announced the renewal just days after the second season premiered to an amazing 8.8 million viewers. The show, which follows a new group of survivors struggling through society’s collapse in the midst of a zombie virus outbreak, will return for a 16-episode season three in 2017. AMC also announced that the series’ Chris Hardwick-hosted after the show called, Talking Dead: Fear, will also be back for another season, continuing to air after each new episode.
In a statement released by the network, Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, lauded the success of the show, as well as its creators:
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. “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.
Unsurprisingly, AMC has officially renewed “The Walking Dead” for a seventh season along with its companion series “The Talking Dead” for another season.
“We are so proud to share these shows with fans who have been so passionate, communicative and engaged,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “We are grateful for and continually impressed by the talent, effort and excellence on continuous display by Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Chris Hardwick and the many people with whom we partner to make these unique shows possible. The result: More Walking and Talking. Hooray.”
This comes as no surprise consider the shows are one of if not the most popular show whenever it is on the air. In recently released Live+3 numbers, season six episode three of The Walking Dead received 18.2 million total viewers. These numbers show a 39% and 42% increase, respectively, from the Live+SD results. The show is up a tick in both categories compared to last season’s third episode. It’s also up 7% in total viewers and 8% among adults 18-49 from the Live+3 results of episode two of season six. The premiere episodes and finale episodes are also routinely the highest rated shows on cable whenever they air.
The first season of “Fear the Walking Dead” is now over but Flight 462 has just begun. AMC is releasing a 6-part web series follows passengers on a commercial flight during the first stages of the zombie apocalypse.
Every new episode will release online each week and on during commercial breaks of the new season of The Walking Dead, which premieres next Sunday, Oct. 11. And only one of these characters will make it back to earth safely, as one of them will be joining the Fear the Walking Dead cast in Season Two.
You can watch the first one-minute installment below:
“The Walking Dead” has officially cast an important character to the comic books in the AMC series. According to The Hollywood Report, Tom Payne will play the series character Paul “Jesus” Monroe.
Payne will appear in a recurring role for season six, coming next month, with an option for season seven. In the comics, Jesus comes to Alexandria from the Hilltop Colony, another nearby community. He is an even-tempered, morally sound but combat-capable character who becomes an adviser to Rick. With the casting comes speculation that Jesus’ addition to the show foretells the introduction of the villainous Negan to the show that fans have been dying to see.
Payne has previously appeared in the HBO series “Luck” making quite the name for himself.
The new season of The Walking Dead premieres Oct. 11 on AMC.
Hulu has officially closed an exclusive deal with AMC for the rights to stream the upcoming series “Fear the Walking Dead,” the companion series to “The Walking Dead.”
The multi-year deal between Hulu and AMC also included several other scripted shows from the network.
Mike Hopkins, Chief Executive Officer at Hulu, said,
“AMC Networks has an incredible reputation and track record in producing captivating storytelling across a variety of genres for true connoisseurs of television. This huge partnership guarantees that Hulu viewers will soon be able to enjoy the newest slate of premium programming from some of the top cable networks.”
“Fear the Walking Dead” stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl), Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (“The 100”). The spin-off companion series is set in Los Angeles and centers on new characters and storyline but in the zombified world created by Robert Kirkman.
“The Walking Dead” veterans Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are all executive producers of the new series. Kirkman will also be involved in the spin-off and has said that the spinoff will look and feel “startlingly different” from the original series. Dave Erickson is an executive producer and showrunner.
The spin-off has already been ordered for two seasons. The first six episodes will premiere on AMC later this summer on AMC.
It has only been a few weeks since season 5 of “The Walking Dead” has ended but everyone wants to know what they can expect in season 6. The creator, Robert Kirkman was at the National Association of Broadcasters Show to discuss season finale and where the show might be heading, especially regarding a key dynamic between two characters.
Note: Spoilers Ahead!!
The season 5 finale saw a reunion fans have been awaiting for years. Rick and Morgan found each other in the seemingly safe city but in a precarious situation. Kirkman said,
“Having Rick and Morgan together, finally, again is a huge deal, and it’s definitely going to be a big part of Season 6. Now it’s a very different Rick and a very different Morgan who are going to have a completely different relationship,” Kirkman continued. “And it’s the questions of how they’re going to interact, how they’re going to work together—if they’re going to work together—and what comes from those interactions is going to be basically the spine of season six.”
Steven Yeun, the actor who plays Glenn, was also present at the panel and spoke about his character’s fate in the upcoming season in the most vague way possibly.
“If I go—that could happen,” Yeun commented. “The way that we make the show, the writers and everybody really want to focus on making things poignant and purposeful and meaningful. So if it were for Glenn to go, then it’s probably going to be awesome.”
Kirkman added about Glenn’s future that they had “a lot of cool stuff” lined up for Glenn in the next season.
The season five finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is just a few weeks away and according to Dalton Ross, the finale will run 90 minutes – much to the joy of fans and viewers everywhere. This will be the first time the show has extended an episode past its usual hour-long length.
Currently, there is not much known about the events of the finale but the fact that they are extending it must mean it will be incredible. Heart pounding? Most likely? A character death? Probably.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 pm on AMC with the finale airing on March 29. You can see the tweet below.