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."
Current showrunner Scott Gimple, the series' third, will return, along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.
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.