"Fear the Walking Dead" Debuts with Record-Breaking 10.1 Million Viewers

So far "Fear the Walking Dead" is continuing the tradition set by its predecessor, "The Walking Dead": Breaking cable ratings records.

AMC has announced via press release that Sunday's series premiere of "Fear the Walking Dead" scored 10.1 million live/same-day viewers, making it the highest-watched series premiere in cable TV history. The previous holder of that record was also an AMC series: "Better Call Saul," which attracted 6.9 million viewers in February.

"It is increasingly difficult to evaluate a show's success on night one," AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement. "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."

"Fear the Walking Dead," created by franchise creator Robert Kirkman and executive producer Dave Erickson, aims to expand the world of AMC's original "Walking Dead" TV series -- which has been a massive hit since its 2010 debut, and is based on the Image Comics series written by Kirkman and illustrated by Charlie Adlard and, originally, Tony Moore. The first "Fear the Walking Dead" season is set to run for six episodes, and the series has already been renewed for a 15 episode second season.

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