Sunday’s premiere episode of The Walking Dead: Dead City is the #1 season premiere in the history of AMC+ in terms of viewership across all new and returning series, including The Walking Dead. In linear viewership, the first episode of the new series attracted a total premiere audience of 2 million viewers, including 768k adults 25-54 and 573k adults 18-49 in Nielsen live+3 ratings. The linear ratings reflect total viewership of a multi-network simulcast and Sunday night encores on AMC.
The 9 p.m. premiere airing on AMC alone delivered 972k total viewers, including 404k adults 25-54 and 300k adults 18-49 in Nielsen live+3 ratings – making the series the #1 new cable drama premiere of 2023 in both the key 25-54 and 18-49 demos. The second highest premiere in the category for the year is Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches.
Top 5 New Cable Drama Premieres in 2023 to Date through 6/18/23
Net Program Date L+3 A25-54
AMC WALKING DEAD: DEAD CITY 06/18/23 404 1
AMC MAYFAIR WITCHES 01/08/23 355 2
HBOM LAST OF US, THE 01/15/23 353 3
PAR 1883 06/18/23 311 4
SYFY ARK, THE 02/01/23 280 5
“Survive here, survive anywhere. What an incredible start for this series – the #1 season premiere in the history of AMC+ – and for the next chapter in The Walking Dead Universe, with three new shows focused on iconic characters in intriguing and novel locations,” said Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks. “Thanks to the best fans in television for joining Maggie and Negan for the beginning of this thrilling ride through the streets of Manhattan, to stars and executive producers Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and to Scott M. Gimple, Eli Jorné, Brian Bockrath and everyone who brought Dead City very much to life. There’s so much more to come over the course of this season. Here we go!”
New episodes of The Walking Dead: Dead City will appear on AMC+ on Thursdays and premiere on AMC at 9 p.m. Sundays.