AMC, May 27, 2016

FOLLOWING THE SUNDAY NIGHT PREMIERE OF “PREACHER,” AMC IS NOW HOME TO FIVE OF THE TOP 10 SHOWS ON CABLE TV AND TWO OF THE TOP THREE CABLE PREMIERES THIS TELEVISION SEASON

MID-SEASON FINALE OF “FEAR THE WALKING DEAD” DELIVERS 6.7 MILLION VIEWERS, INCLUDING 4.2 MILLION ADULTS 25-54, IN LIVE+3 RATINGS 

“PREACHER” PREMIERES WITH 3.8 MILLION VIEWERS, INCLUDING 2.2 MILLION ADULTS 25-54 IN LIVE+3 RATINGS

NEW YORK, NY, May 27, 2016 – Following the Sunday night premiere of “Preacher” and the mid-season finale of “Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC, the network is now home to five of the top 10 shows on cable TV and two of the top three cable premieres this television season.

The “Fear the Walking Dead” mid-season finale delivered 6.7 million viewers, including 4.2 million adults 25-54, while the “Preacher” premiere delivered 3.8 million viewers and 2.2 million adults 25-54, both in live+3 ratings.

“Mid-way through its second season, ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ has established itself as a top drama on cable, able to deliver live and near-live viewership at levels that are increasingly rare today. We are so proud of the creative team behind this show,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “What has been achieved in front of and behind the camera with ‘Preacher,’ which arrives as one of the top cable premieres this season and looks like nothing else on television, is also astounding. We can’t wait to share the rest of this remarkable season with fans everywhere. It IS the time of the preacher, and the lesson’s begun.”

As part of a two-week sampling strategy, the “Preacher” premiere is now available free on AMC.com, through AMC’s mobile app and on every other platform where viewers can find AMC programming. The premiere will encore in the show’s regular timeslot this Sunday at 9 p.m., followed by a special “Talking Preacher” at 10:30 p.m. hosted by Chris Hardwick with guests Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, executive producers who directed the pilot, executive producer and showrunner Sam Catlin and star Dominic Cooper.

“Preacher” returns with its second episode at 9 p.m. on June 5. “Fear the Walking Dead” will return to AMC for the premiere of the second half of this second season on Sunday, August 21.

Key Nielsen Highlights for the mid-season finale of “Fear The Walking Dead” (L+3)

Episode 207, 9 p.m., Sunday, May 22

  • 6.7 million viewers, up 52% from live/same day
  • 3.9 million Adults 18-49, up 62% from live/same day
  • 4.2 million Adults 25-54, up 61% from live/same day

Key Nielsen Highlights for the series premiere of “Preacher” (L+3)

Episode 100, 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 22

  • 3.8 million viewers, up 61% from live/same day
  • 2.0 million Adults 18-49, up 74% from live/same day
  • 2.2 million Adults 25-54, up 71% from live/same day

Season-to-date, AMC is home to five of the top 10 shows on cable in adults 25-54, with “Fear the Walking Dead” at #3 on the list, following “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones.”

Season to Date Cable Ranker

A25-54 Program Name

NAT AA %

(000)

AMC WALKING DEAD

9.5

11,323

HBO GAME OF THRONES

5.4

6,386

AMC FEAR THE WALKING DEAD

4.4

5,172

AMC TALKING DEAD

3.3

3,885

FX ACS: PEOPLE V. OJ SIMPSON

3.1

3,734

FX AMERICAN HORROR STORY

2.8

3,283

AMC INTO THE BADLANDS

2.8

3,269

DISC GOLD RUSH

2.3

2,731

AMC BETTER CALL SAUL

2.2

2,572

BRAVO REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA

2.0

2,341

Source: Nielsen L+3 Season to date (9/21/16-5/22/16).  Cable Only, 2+ telecasts, excludes sports, specials, encores.  Top 10 Listed A25-54 (000)

In terms of cable premieres so far this television season, “Preacher” is #3, behind AMC’s “Into the Badlands” and “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” on FX.

Season to Date Cable Premieres

A25-54

Date Net Program

NAT AA %

(000)

11/15/2015 AMC INTO THE BADLANDS

4.3

5,131

2/2/2016 FX ACS: PEOPLE V. OJ SIMPSON

3.7

4,403

5/22/2016 AMC PREACHER

1.8

2,188

1/25/2016 VH1 STEVIE J & JOSELINE

1.5

1,747

2/22/2016 DISC STREET OUTLAWS: NOLA

1.4

1,627

Source: Nielsen L+3 Season to date (9/21/16-5/22/16).  Cable Season 1, episode 1 program premieres.  Top 5 Listed A25-54 (000)

About AMC

AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series with “Mad Men” in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before “Breaking Bad” won it in 2013 and 2014. The network’s series “The Walking Dead” is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years.  AMC’s other current original drama series include “Better Call Saul,” “Hell on Wheels,” “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “Humans,” “Fear the Walking Dead,” “Into the Badlands, “The Night Manager,” “Preacher” and the forthcoming “Feed the Beast,” “The Son” and “The Terror.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead,” “The Making of The Mob,” “Comic Book Men” and the upcoming “Ride with Norman Reedus” and “The American West.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.

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