The Walking Dead is continuing to grow its audience here in the UK.
Despite a dip in the ratings for the series in the United States, the sixth season premiere of the AMC zombie drama smashed ratings records for UK broadcaster FOX UK with an average overnight audience of 877 000 viewers.
That represents a huge increase of 139K viewers or nearly 20% on the overnight audience (738K viewers) for the fifth season premiere last October. Last night’s audience of 877K viewers is also a new series high for The Walking Dead and is FOX UK’s highest ever overnight audience since they launched in the UK more than a decade ago.
Additionally, the Chris Hardwick fronted Talking Dead got off to a strong start last night, pulling in an average overnight audience of 205K viewers. It’s worth noting that this is the first season of The Walking Dead that FOX UK has aired in conjunction with The Talking Dead, after trialling the talk show companion last year with the season five finale.
The strong ratings performance of The Walking Dead and Talking Dead on FOX UK last night made the FIC backed channel the highest rated Pay TV channel between 9pm and 11:20pm and the fourth most watched channel on all of TV between 9pm and 10:20pm. FOX UK said that they expected to season premiere of The Walking Dead to consolidate to more than 2 million viewers (including repeats).