AMC's Fear the Walking Dead, the prequel to the zombie apocalypse franchise, The Walking Dead, dominated the air waves on its initial episode on Sunday, Aug 23, and claimed its status as the top-rated cable premiere of all time in both adults 18-49 (4.9 rating) and total viewers (10.31 million), according to AG Nielsen's "live plus same-day" estimates.
Fear the Walking Dead's ratings also topped the scores for every episode from the first two seasons of the original The Walking Dead series in 2010, reported Variety.
The premiere episode of Fear the Walking Dead also broke the previous record of cable rating set in AMC's debut of Better Call Saul (3.5 rating, airing behind Walking Dead). The Walking Dead prequel also dominated in terms of total number of viewers, eclipsing the previous 7.7 million viewers recorded by the premiere episode of TNT's Raising the Bar in 2008.
The report said, "Fear the Walking Dead even fares well relative to the top broadcast premieres of late. The 4.9 rating is more than one point above this past season's top hour-long premieres (How to Get Away With Murder and Empire) and is the best for any drama launch since ABC's sci-fi series V in 2009."
Fear the Walking Dead Episode 2 Spoilers
In the next episode of Fear the Walking Dead, the city of Los Angeles is headed towards total chaos and Travis (Cliff Curtis) have to find ways to find his son Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) before all hell breaks loose, reported the Christian Post.
The episode titled So Close, Yet So Far, will also see Madison (Kim Dickens) struggling to keep Nick (Frank Dillane) from the effects of withdrawal. The second episode will take us to the challenges faced by this group of people trying to survive and leave Los Angeles from an epidemic that no one still understands.
Teasers for the next episode shows the city of Los Angeles in complete chaos as the zombie apocalypse begins to grip the city, with the people of the city scared with their wits not knowing what is really going on. Their confusion with this living undead is the origin of the series title, Fear the Walking Dead.
The story of Fear the Walking Dead began with Nick waking up after a long drug-induced sleep inside a church that is full of drug addicts. He scans the dilapidated place to look for his girlfriend Gloria when he hears a loud thud and finds a lifeless guy with a big piece of him missing.
Nick finds his girlfriend eating another addict and he runs away from her but he was hit by a car.
He was taken to a hospital where he was questioned by the police. He narrated what he saw at the church with Travis while Tobias also informed Madison about a mysterious epidemic that has so far infected five states.
Travis did not find any bodies when he investigated the church that Nick told him about but he finds a drug junkie begging him not to be killed. Nick escaped from the hospital but Travis and his mother went looking for him. But Nick stumbled upon his old friend Calvin who is now a zombie. The episode ended with Madison looking for Travis for answer as to what is going on.