We don’t know what the fate of Coleman Domingo’s Strand will be on Fear The Walking Dead, nor what the outcome of that border shootout will be for Frank Dillane’s Nick and Danay Garcia’s Luciana, but the final numbers are in for Sunday’s two-hour Season 2 finale of the zombie apocalypse spinoff – and they have declined from the heights of 2015.
Facing the debut of the highly promoted and seemingly strong Westworld on HBO and a demolition of the Kansas City Chiefs by the Pittsburgh Steelers on a season-low Sunday Night Football on NBC, AMC’s FearTWD snagged 3.4 million viewers on October 2. The back-to-back 9–11 PM “Wrath” and “North” episodes drew 2 million viewers in the 18-49 demo for a 1.4 rating.
While down 58% in the demo and 50% in total viewers from the finale of its six-episode first season on a competitive October 4, 2015, FearTWD‘s S2 ender was pretty much in line with its cable topping September 25 show. Compared to the May 22 midseason finale, the show’s first, Sunday’s FearTWD dropped 22% in total audience and 26% among adults 18-49.Overall, the 15-episode second season of the Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson created series averaged 3.5 million viewers with 2.1 million in the 18-49 demo.
Which means, year-to-date, that makes FearTWD S2 right now the third most watched and rated scripted show on cable after The Walking Dead itself and aftershow Talking Dead. As is their trait, AMC will likely release Live+3 results for the DVR friendly Fear later this week.
No premiere date has been announced by AMC, but the 16-episode third season of Fear The Walking Dead is expected to debut next spring.
— FearTWD Writers Room (@FTWDwriters) October 3, 2016