‘Fear the Walking Dead’ sets new record for cable


AP

NEW YORK — The new “Fear the Walking Dead,” which drew the biggest audience for any original series premiere on a U.S. cable TV network, proves that AMC has the flair for spinoffs.

An estimated 10.13 million people watched the premiere Sunday night, the Nielsen company said. The well-reviewed series is set in a different location and different time than AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

The previous record-holder for top cable series premiere, “Better Call Saul,” is AMC’s spinoff of the series “Breaking Bad.”

“Fear the Walking Dead” had nearly double the viewers of the top scripted drama on network television, CBS’ “Zoo,” which was seen by 5.85 million last week. The gap was even wider among the 18-to-49-year-old demographic most prized by advertisers. The AMC show had 6.3 million viewers in this demographic; “Zoo” had 1.2 million, Nielsen said.