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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Debut Ratings Down From Last Year’s ‘Twd’ Crossover Opener; ‘NOS4A2’ Starts Ok In Live+3

‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Debut Ratings Down From Last Year’s ‘Twd’ Crossover Opener; ‘NOS4A2’ Starts Ok In Live+3

The return of Fear the Walking Dead for its fifth season on Sunday may have been the third-best cable drama premiere of the season, but compared with last year, it bit.

With 3 million total viewers in Live+3 results from Nielsen, The Walking Dead spinoff was down a hard 47% from the delayed audience numbers of the Season 4 opener, which had the much hyped The Walking Dead Season 8 finale and the disappearance of Rick Grimes as its lead-in.

Drilling down more and with a mild tease of its own about the fate of Andrew Lincoln’s character, the June 2 FearTWD “Here To Help” debut snared 1.2 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic and 1.5 million among adults 25-54.

In the law of diminishing returns in today’s ratings environment, AMC sees a small win in all this when comparing the FearTWD premiere to the overall average of the second half of Season 4. In that context,

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