Ratings for the second episode of Fear the Walking Dead dipped in week two — but the show was still a monster draw for AMC.
A massive 8.2 million people watched the second episode of the new series, including 5.2 million viewers in the coveted 18-49 demographic (5.1 million adults aged 25-54 also watched the show). That’s a slight drop from the premiere’s record ratings: Last week, 10.1 million men and women tuned in to the Walking Dead companion series, a record for biggest ever in cable television history. (Kudos to EW’s James Hibberd, who predicted the 8.2 million number last week.)
“Thank you and congratulations to Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson, the brilliant executive producers and the entire cast and crew of Fear the Walking Dead,” Charlie Collier, president of AMC, said after last week’s record-setting launch. “It is increasingly difficult to evaluate a show’s success on night one. However, we are releasing these live/same day ratings because Fear the Walking Dead delivered record-breaking numbers that are all the more special in this era of time-shifted viewing and audience fragmentation. To have a companion series to the #1 show on television driving communal, urgent viewing, social activity and pop cultural relevance of this magnitude is truly differentiating. Of course none of it is possible without the fans, whose passion leads to these remarkable results.”
The next episode of Fear the Walking Dead airs on Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
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