The highest-rated show in cable television history is getting another season. Big surprise.
AMC is so excited about their upcoming season, they couldn’t even wait for it to premiere before green-lighting the follow-up. “We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ with fans around the globe,” said AMC president Charlie Collier to Variety. “In advance of Sunday’s Season 5 premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”
AMC’s horror series is also the No. 1 show among adults 18-49, the most coveted demographic for advertisers, and it’s already spawned a spinoff series from creator Robert Kirkman. Season 5’s finale episode drew a whopping 15.7 million viewers — for comparison, the No. 1 series on television last week was “NCIS” on CBS, a broadcast network, with 18.2 million viewers.
With numbers like these and a premise as never-ending as “zombie attack,” the only surprise was that AMC didn’t renew “The Walking Dead” for more than one season.
Season 5 begins Sunday night at 9pm on AMC. Look for our season review this week and check in Sunday nights for our weekly episode reviews.