The highly anticipated companion series to ‘The Walking Dead’ premiered last night and shattered previous cable TV records. AMC’s ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ debut episode drew 10.1 million viewers, with 6.3 million adults 18-47, which earned a rating of 4.9. The original series debut in October 2010 drew 5.35 million total viewers and a strong 2.7/7 demo rating. Season 5 of the series had 17.3 total viewers, with 11 million 18-49 year olds and earned a rating of 8.7.
Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and Dave Alpert executive produce the series, which Dave Erickson serves as showrunner. The first season of ‘Fear The Walking Dead’, which takes place before the apocalypse begins, will run for 6 episodes, until October 4, followed by the premiere sixth season of ‘The Walking Dead’ the following week. Season two will be 15-episodes and is set to premiere in 2016.