'The Walking Dead' Renewed by AMC for Season 5

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October 29th, 2013


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Even The Walkers Saw It Coming As Network Opts To Bring Back

The #1 Show On Television Among Adults 18-49


New York – October 29, 2013 – AMC announced today that it has renewed The Walking Dead for a fifth season. The number one show on television among adults 18-49, The Walking Dead returned for a fourth season earlier this month and the premiere episode set a new record for the series, delivering 20.2 million viewers, live+3, and 13.2 million adults 18-49, a new record for any non-sports cable telecast.


“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever:  The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.”


For season five, Scott Gimple will return as the series’ showrunner along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse. AMC also recently announced that it is developing a companion series to The Walking Dead, based on a new story and new characters from Robert Kirkman.


About AMC

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with The Walking Dead. AMC’s original drama series include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels and Low Winter Sun.  The network recent greenlit two new drama series, working titles Halt & Catch Fire and Turn, both of which will be premiering in 2014. AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like Comic Book Men, Small Town Security, Talking Dead, and Freakshow. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.


  • Ronald

    More than Expected!

  • HeadlessHorseman (formerly JacobYates)


    Also anybody know when we can expect to hear announcements on Low Winter Sun and Hell On Wheels?

  • Mathew


  • Oliver


  • Jeff (Canada)

    Wow, I’m shocked.

    Shocked that they only renewed it for one season, that is.

  • RandyL

    When are Sunday Cable Ratings going to be posted?

  • Betty

    Wow what a surprise. LOL

  • HeadlessHorseman (formerly JacobYates)

    @Jeff (Canada)
    Cable networks don’t tend to renew their shows for multiple seasons at a time. I can’t remember (or I just forgot) the last time a cable network did that for a scripted series.

  • romo

    Thats not true.

    SNF is the #1 show 18-49.

  • Potato

    It dropped from it’s season premiere though. They should have cancelled it to avoid the embarassment to themselves, then scolded it for not behaving as it should. I can’t believe they would cancel breaking bad for this. #AmIDoingItRight?

  • diegobitch


    Sunday Night Football is an unscripted show. The Walking Dead is the leader among scripted shows.

  • romo

    To diego:

    But it doesnt mention scripted non scripted blah blah it just says #1 show.

  • Jagger Dagger

    The cancellation Bear does not like the taste of zombies!

  • Ultima

    Thats not true.
    SNF is the #1 show 18-49.

    That’s not true.

    FOX’s national game is the #1 show in Adults 18-49.

    FOX National – 9.5
    CBS National – 9.2
    NBC Sunday Night – 8.2

    If you want to add an implicit primetime qualifier to SNF, that’s no different than AMC adding an implicit entertainment qualifier to The Walking Dead.

  • Stewart


    Royal Pains was renewed for 2 seasons in Sept 2012, think that was the last time

  • Eliot

    So happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • diegobitch


    You’re right, but I think they were supossed to say that. BTW, you were right, mixing scripted and unscripted shows, its likely that SNF is the most watched.

  • Data

    So this is going to be 30 episodes a season now, I assume? No surprise here but I am getting nervous about Hell on Wheels which did surprisingly well for Saturday nights this year – I wonder how long AMC is going to take to make an announcement here.

    @HeadlessHorseman: The last time I remember that that happened was 2007 when FX renewed Damages for two seasons at once. But you’re right, it doesn’t happen that often.

  • mike


    It’s Always Sunny got a 3 year deal in 2011

  • Jeff (Canada)

    @HeadlessHorseman (formerly JacobYates)
    I think It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia was renewed for 3 seasons (S5-S7), and then 2 seasons (S8-S9).

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