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.”
Season 7 of “The Walking Dead” hasn’t even premiered yet but AMC has already renewed the series for an eighth season. Not that anyone is surprised of course.
AMC president Charlie Collier released a statement about the season 6 cliffhanger and the renewal:
“Eeny, meeny, miney, more. What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to the fans.”
During the 8th season, “The Walking Dead” will hit 100 episodes, a coveted landmark achievement for any scripted series.
Season 7 of The Walking Dead premieres tonight at 9 p.m. EST on AMC. Fans will finally have an answer to who Lucille chooses and my guess is – no one will be happy by the end of the episode.
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 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.
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.
While fans patiently await the return of “The Walking Dead” on AMC, the network has released a new promo for the season 5 mid-season premiere. The show will return on February 8, 2015 to air the remaining episodes of season 5.
The mid-season finale of season 5 aired before the holidays and ended with the shocking death of Beth as she and Noah were just about to leave the hospital for good. How will her death affect the group and more importantly her sister and Daryl.
“The Walking Dead” has already been renewed for a sixth season which is set to begin airing in the fall of 2015. The series is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.
Watch the promo below:
As if anyone is surprised though we are all definitely thrilled, AMC has officially renewed “The Walking Dead” for a sixth season. Season five of the series is set to air in just a few days but the show is still one of the most popular in the world.
“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”
Season six will see Scott M. Gimple will return as the showrunner and executive producer. It will also have executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.
Season five premieres Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT. It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.
The poster for the upcoming season five of “The Walking Dead” has been released by AMC. You can see it above! It features Andrew Lincoln with one of the themes of the season 5, “hunt or be hunted.”
Season 5 will pick up with our favorite group of survivors after their arrival at the “sanctuary” terminus. After their arrival, they are taken hostage and their lives are put into danger once again.
Based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, Season Five of “The Walking Dead” premieres Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT. It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.
As if this was actually a question, but Telltale Games announced during the Skybound Entertainment panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 that their game “The Walking Dead” will continue on for a third season.
Unfortunately they did not give fans very many details about what the next installment will include. They also could not confirm when the game will release. Understandably Telltale is a bit busy as they are planning to release “Borderlands” and “Game of Thrones” this year.
The Telltale series takes place in the same fictional world as the comic book series from Robert Kirkman and the AMC series, with events occurring shortly after the onset of the zombie apocalypse in Georgia. Some characters from the original comic book series also make in-game appearances.
Hopefully Season 3 of “The Walking Dead” game will release sometime in 2015.