“The Walking Dead” will be back for a fifth season.
AMC announced on Tuesday that it had renewed the heavily-watched zombie series for a fifth season.
Scott Gimple was confirmed to return as the series’ showrunner for Season 5, along with executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.
“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 statement. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more ‘Dead.’”
The ratings for Season 4 of “TWD,” which is just three episodes in to its latest journey, have been staggering.
Things started off very strong for the show’s season premiere earlier this month, initially seeming to bring in 16.1 million viewers, 10.4 million in the 18-49 demographic. According to AMC, by the time all was said and done, including DVR views, 20.2 million people watched the season premiere, with 13.2 million in the 18-49 group.
-- Jolie Lash