It’s only one of the highest-rated shows on television, not to mention the number one series in the coveted 18-49 demographic, so it doesn’t come as a shock to learn that AMC announced today that “The Walking Dead” would be back for a fifth season.
Three episodes into its fourth season, AMC’s zombie drama is pulling in giant numbers, including setting a new series record with its premiere, to which 20.2 million viewers, live+3, tuned in.
“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season,” said AMC president Charlie Collier in the announcement. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently — and most notably — with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.”
AMC is developing a companion series to “The Walking Dead,” set in the same universe but based on a new story and new characters from Kirkman.