Having solidly taken the top cable debut spot with its first round of ratings, it’s no surprise that Fear The Walking Dead has now ripped apart the previous Live+3 records. With DVR numbers now in, the August 23 premiere of The Walking Dead spinoff had 13.3 million total viewers and 8.5 million adults 18-49. That jumps it ahead of AMC’s other recent successful and previous record holding spinoff Better Call Saul in the key categories and seals FearTWD as the summer’s top cable offering.
Compared to its Live+Same Day numbers, the urban zombie apocalypse series from showrunner Dave Erickson was up 32% in viewers and 36% in 18-49s. The Live+3 results for Better Call Saul were 9.8 million viewers and 6.1 million 18-49s, up 42% and 40%, respectively from its already very impressive Live + SD numbers using The Walking Dead‘s Season 5 midseason return as its lead-in that February 8.
The Walking Dead’s October 31, 2010 debut had a hefty 4.255 million in adults 18-49 in Live+3 ratings. To add some further, and perhaps humbling perspective, the Season 5 debut of TWD last fall had a cable record busting 22.372 million total viewers and 14.523 million in the 18-49 demo in its Live+3 results. The mothership show returns for its Season 6 premiere on October 11.
Already renewed for a 15-episode second season, Fear The Walking Dead’s first cycle runs six episodes and wraps October 4.