Cable ratings: ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ midseason finale steady; ‘Preacher’ off to okay start

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By and large, we feel like AMC has some things to celebrate when you look at the ratings for Sunday night’s TV lineup. Despite there being some competition from the Billboard Music Awards, they generated some solid ratings for cable and hopefully set the stage for some good things to come moving forward.

First, let’s begin here with the second season of “Fear the Walking Dead,” which drew a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic for its big send-off to the first half of season 2. While this is not a tremendous rise or anything from its most-recent episode, it’s at least a solid figure, and we’re sure that at this point, the network is just happy to get a little bit of consistency going since they have not exactly had that for some time.

Meanwhile, the series premiere of “Preacher” on the network also ended up drawing a 0.9 rating in the demo, which isn’t bad given that this is a scripted original that doesn’t have a franchise name attached to it right off the bat. While it is based on a comic series, it’s a little more under-the-radar for the most part. What we’re most curious about seeing in this case is how the show is going to fare in two weeks when the next new episode airs, given that it will not have a lead-in and be up directly against “Game of Thrones,” the same competition that has taken a bite out of the zombie drama.

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