AMC isn’t ready to cash-out of “The Walking Dead” just yet.
In fact, it might not have to … at least for a while. The latest spinoff of its venerable franchise, “Fear the Walking Dead,” broke ratings records over the weekend by becoming the No. 1-rated cable series launch ever.
The spinoff, which takes place in a different location and time period than its parent show, drew 10.1 million viewers, according to Variety, including 6.3 million adults between the ages of 18 and 49 — a key advertising demographic.
That puts “Fear” ahead of TNT’s “Raising the Bar, which premiered to 7.7 million in 2008, and ahead of another AMC show, “Better Call Saul,” which drew in 4.4 million in the 18-49 demo earlier this year.
The series was created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, the former the creator of “The Walking Dead,” and Erickson a former co-executive producer for “Sons of Anarchy.” The show was given a two-season order last March, with its first season slotted for six episodes. It will end in time for the premiere of “Walking Dead” in October.
“Fear the Walking Dead” stars Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades and Kim Dickens. It airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, on AMC.