The Walking Dead has now firmly established itself as a ratings juggernaut on both sides of the Atlantic.
The first half of the fifth season of the AMC zombie drama, which already shattered ratings record in the US and frequently outperformed its time-slot competitors on both cable and broadcast television, has also broken numerous ratings record for its UK broadcaster FOX UK.
As TVWise previously reported, the opening episode debuted to just under 800K viewers, which broke FOX UK’s ratings records to become their highest ever overnight. That record was subsequently smashed the following week when the second episode drew an average overnight of just under 900K viewers.
That momentum continued in consolidated ratings, with the season premiere growing to 1.358 million viewers in its initial slot – making it Fox’s highest ever consolidated programming rating. In the following weeks, new episodes of the show (in their initial slots) averaged a consolidated audience of 1.3 million viewers, firmly establishing the show as a hit for FOX UK.
“The continued ratings success of The Walking Dead shows the huge appeal for this high-quality and thrilling drama”, said Cecilia Beacon, Director of Broadcasting and Marketing for Fox International Channels UK. “With a dedicated and passionate fan base, our programming strategy of airing just 24 hours after the U.S. has proven to be a huge hit with viewers.”