“Fear the Walking Dead” will continue to roam the earth.
AMC has renewed the post-apocalyptic horror drama for a sixth season just ahead of its fifth mid-season finale. The announcement was made during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con by Scott Gimple, the former showrunner of the flagship series “The Walking Dead.”
That the series was renewed is little surprise. While it isn’t necessarily a ratings juggernaut, the fifth season debuted with a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49, drawing 1.97 million viewers. This is a considerable opening gambit, even if the ratings have declined since then; the most recent episode scored as low as a 0.3, putting its average for the season at about a 0.5. So, despite sagging a bit year-to-year, the only show on AMC performing better than “Fear the Walking Dead” is “The Walking Dead” itself.
With its renewal, “Fear the Walking Dead” will continue to expand the universe of its flagship series. In addition to the main two shows, there will also be a third, yet-unnamed series about the first generation to grow up in the zombie-infested world. Andrew Lincoln, former star of “The Walking Dead,” is also set to star in three TV movies in the same universe.
Of course, all of this is to say nothing of the rest of AMC’s sizable roster, a list which includes ‘The Terror,’ ‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘McMafia,’ ‘NOS4A2,’ ‘Lodge 49,’ ‘Dispatches From Elsewhere,’ and the final season of “Preacher.’