It’s a rotten world for Rick Grimes and co. in The Walking Dead, the AMC zombie drama that has taken TV by storm even as it propels its characters from one miserable situation to the next. Based on the comic books by Robert Kirkman (who is also an executive producer on the series), The Walking Dead had over 20 million people tuning in for its season 4 premiere last year, and AMC has ambitiously stated that the show could still be going strong by 2022.
That might just be true, considering the amount of faith that the network has in its post-apocalyptic nightmare world. In previous years new seasons have been greenlit just one or two episodes into the current season, and now AMC has jumped one step ahead by renewing The Walking Dead for a sixth season before the fifth season has even premiered. In a statement announcing the decision, AMC President Charlie Collier described The Walking Dead as an “extraordinary series” and promised that “There’s plenty more Dead ahead.”
The Walking Dead is the most highly-rated show in cable television history and, although the competition with Game of Thrones is very close, has managed to hold on to the title of #1 show on television among adults aged 18-49 for the last two years. While it might seem premature to announce a sixth season before the viewership for season five is certain, audience numbers would have to fall by a very long way before The Walking Dead would find itself danger in of cancellation.
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