Now that the action has headed to the high seas, Fear The Walking Dead may well be called Fear The Wading Dead for awhile – especially when you look at the AMC series’ ratings. Debuting for its second season on April 10, The Walking Dead spinoff snagged 6.7 million total viewers with 3.9 million of those in the adults 18-49 demo.
With those numbers, the Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson-created FearTWD was pretty steady with most of its 6-episode first season and its October 4 S1 finale of last year. That “The Good Man” episode, which Kirkman and Erickson wrote, drew 6.86 million total viewers and a 3.4 rating among the demo. With a 3.1 rating, Sunday’s Erickson-written “Monster” dipped 3% in total viewers from the S1 finale and 9% in the key demo.
Opener-to-opener, the S2 debut was down 37% in the key demo from the record-breaking cable highs of FearTWD’s August 23, 2015 Season 1 premiere and also declined 34% in total viewers. The 9 PM S2 premiere didn’t just face expectations against its own history but also demo rich Sunday night rivals of a rising MTV Movie Awards and the much watched Golden State Warriors 92-86 win over the San Antonio Spurs, a win that now has the NBA Champs on the eve of the most wins for any team ever in an NBA Season. Still, FearTWD was the top show on all of TV on Sunday night in the 18-49 demo.
The spinoff was down 53% in total viewers and 54% in the demo rating from The Walking Dead’s 90-minute Season 6 finale of April 3 this year. Compared to the blockbuster mothership’s second opener, FearTWD’s S2 debut declined 7% in overall audience and 18% among the 18-49’s from TWD’s Season 2 premiere of October 16, 2011.
AMC likes to keep quiet about ratings until they have Live + 3 numbers, but one show into its 15-episode S2 run, FearTWD presently stands as the 6th highest-rated show, with the exceptions of live sports and special events like the Oscars, of the 2015-2016 season in both cable and broadcast TV. The show should also give the cabler some pre-L+3 pleasure in that with TWD, FearTWD, TWD after show Talking Dead and newbie Into The Badlands make up the top 4 shows, again excluding sports and 2016 Presidential debates, in cable in terms of the 18-49 demo.