Did You Watch the Premiere of 'Fear The Walking Dead?'
AMC set a new record for the most-watched series premiere in cable television history for Fear The Walking Dead. According to Nielson, more than 10.1 million tuned in to watch The Walking Dead spinoff last Sunday, 6.3 million of which were in the golden demographic of 18-49. This surpassed AMC's Better Call Saul, which had previously held the record for being the most-watched series premiere in history.
To say there was a lot of anticipation building up for Fear The Walking Dead would be an understatement. TWD fans young and old have been eagerly awaiting its arrival ever since AMC executives announced the spinoff last year. So, did Fear live up to its expectations and place honor to The Walking Dead franchise? I guess it depends on who you ask. The show is currently sitting comfortably on Rotten Tomatoes with a 77% critic rating and 71% user rating. Those aren't phenomenal ratings, but they are certainly positive nonetheless.
If you were hoping to see survivors smashing their way through hordes of walkers, you will probably be disappointed -- at least in the first episode. The 93-minute-long episode worked to set the stage and establish character relations for the rest of the season. As a result, some viewers have criticized Fear for having too much talk and not enough action. Without revealing any spoilers, the pilot episode centers around a family living in south Los Angeles, California. There's a high-school teacher who's seeing a counselor at the school, both of whom have children.
But the first episode of Fear isn't completely zombie-less. On the contrary, the first few minutes reveal a decayed walker attempting to kill one of the main characters in a drug house. As the episode progresses, we see a few other walkers pop up here and there, such as the walkers who were being treated by paramedics at the site of an automobile accident. The episode ends with what we presume is the zombie pandemic spreading; thus, setting the stage for the breakdown of modern civilization while entering the all-too-familiar world of The Walking Dead.
If you enjoyed watching the pilot episode of Fear, you are in luck. AMC went ahead and ordered two seasons for the spinoff, with the first season containing six episodes and the second season containing twelve. The second season of Fear The Walking Dead will air next year in 2016.
You can catch Fear The Walking Dead on Sunday nights.
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