In this age of reboots and endless sequels and spin-off culture, sometimes (read: a lot of times) the results are pretty groan-inducing. But when AMC decided to give its epic zombie apocalypse drama the prequel series treatment, it was actually a great idea.
Because "Fear The Walking Dead" has proven it has the teeth to hack it in the zombie wilderness and pull in a legit audience all its own.
Per Deadline, the "Walking Dead" follow-up show earned the distinction of being the highest-rated first season in cable TV history, with an average of 11.2 million viewers for each of its initial six episodes.
AMC prez Charlie Collier, for one, was delighted by the news that the finale's viewership stayed firm at over 10 million watchers, just like the record-smashing premiere.
In a statement, he said, "When we set out to launch a companion series to the No. 1 show on television, there were truly many things to fear, beyond 'Fear' itself. To see this show stand alone, break through and set records as a unique piece of storytelling is very gratifying and a tribute to great creative talent."
"Fear the Walking Dead" has already been renewed for a 15-episode second season for 2016. Meanwhile, "The Walking Dead" returns for its sixth season on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.