In comparison to the network's debut of "Into The Badlands," which scored 6.39m viewers in the same time slot in November, "Preacher" got off to a soft start. The premiere faced some heavy competition in its time slot, as it aired during the Billboard Music Awards and the NBA and NHL playoffs as well as a new episode of "Game of Thrones."
Nevertheless, "Preacher" was the second-best scripted series debut of 2016 with its 0.9 key demo results; it falls just behind FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" premiere.
Airing prior to "Preacher," "Fear the Walking Dead" saw 4.4m total viewers with 2.41m in the key demographic. This 1.9 demo rating continues to be an average showing for the series, on par with the previous five episodes of the series.
Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's acclaimed comic, "Preacher" stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Jesse's ex-girlfriend Tulip, Gilgun as his vampire friend Cassidy, Colletti as Arseface and Lucy Griffiths as Emily, a character created for the TV show.
Developed for television by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and Sam Catlin, "Preacher" airs Sundays at 9 pm EST on AMC.