It’s no surprise that AMC announced it has renewed its zombie hit for a fifth season on Tuesday. Walking Dead is TV’s top rated show among those aged 18-49, and the season four premiere brought in more than 16 million viewers, a record for AMC. Counting those who stream the content within three days of an episode’s premiere, Walking Dead consistently draws more than 20 million viewers.
And with Breaking Bad finished and Mad Men slated for its last season (broken into two years), AMC’s grateful for those numbers.
“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a press release. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season.”