Having been given the ratings gift of the slot right after blockbuster The Walking Dead, AMC’s new series Into The Badlands has now scored a very nice hit in delayed viewing. In Live+3 results, the post-apocalyptic marital arts series premiere drew 8.2 million total viewers with 5.1 million among adults 18-49 for its Sunday debut.

The rise of 28% in the demo compared with the Live+Same Day ratings marks Into The Badlands as the third-best cable debut ever in L3, behind the start of the Fear The Walking Dead this summer and Better Call Saul in second place and the October 31, 2010 premiere of The Walking Dead in fourth place. In total viewers, the 10 PM Badlands rose 29%, or 1.8 million viewers, from its Live +SD results. Overall Badlands‘ premiere was the second-best on cable for the week ending November 15, right after lead-in TWD.

The six-episode Daniel Wu-starrer, from creators/showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar, will likely see at least two more very strong weeks as it follows TWD on Sundays toward the zombie apocalypse series’ Season 6 winter finale on November 29.

walking dead s6 ep 6 2As for TWD itself, there was no resolution of the fate of Glenn Rhee’s fate in the Daryl Dixon-centric “Always Accountable” episode Sunday, but there was another solid DVR upward movement. In an airing that was already up in Live+SD, the top show on cable saw rises of 32% in viewership and 34% in adults 18-49 in Live+3 results. That’s pretty standard for TWD, but if you are into the mathlands, that means a huge 17.024 million total viewers (up 4.2 million from Live + SD) and 11.030 million (up 2.8 million) in the demo.