There’s a lot of big news coming out now in regards to not only “Fear the Walking Dead,” but the “Talking Dead” aftershow that goes along with it. Basically, Chris Hardwick is going to become even busier somehow than he already is.
On Friday, AMC confirmed that their season 1 episodes, once live+3 data is added, averaged over 11 million viewers and an incredibly 7.3 million in the key 18-49 demographic. This makes the show the most-successful first season of any basic cable series in history. We do worry somewhat that these numbers are boosted by the success of the original and it will decline in season 2, but obviously AMC does not share too much of that concern thanks to what we are currently seeing from them.
“Talking Dead,” as mentioned above, will also get 15 episodes that follow each “Fear the Walking Dead” next summer. That means that Sunday nights will be all about zombies for more than likely over half of the network’s calendar year in 2016, though there is no confirmation just yet that season 7 of “The Walking Dead” (which we have to assume is coming) will once again be 16 episodes.
There is one important question to ask here after hearing this news that is somewhat unrelated: What does the return of “Talking Dead” mean for “Halt and Catch Fire”? Is the show going to relocate to Saturdays alongside “Hell on Wheels” or go to Mondays in a way similar to “Better Call Saul”? Given the longer “Fear the Walking Dead” season, it will likely occupy the time that was previously reserved for it unless that show moves up its premiere date to where “Mad Men” was airing for many years.
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