Fear the Walking Dead returned to AMC on Sunday night and the cable channel has announced that the companion series is the #2 drama on cable TV and #3 series on cable overall in 2017, behind only The Walking Dead and Talking Dead. The season three premiere brought in 4.7 million total viewers, including 2.7 million adults 25-54 and 2.4 million adults 18-49 in Nielsen live+3 ratings.
“That ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ returns for season three as the #2 cable drama and #3 cable series overall is both gratifying and a fitting tribute to the many people who make this show possible,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “That, of course, starts with Robert Kirkman, Dave Erickson and so many producers, cast and crew and, always most important, the fans who join us south of the border each week. Welcome back!”
Including the “Dead” franchise, AMC has four of the top five dramas on cable, including Better Call Saul and Into the Badlands.
As Fear the Walking Dead returns for season three, the families will be brought together in the vibrant and violent region formerly known as the U.S.-Mexico border. International lines done away with following the world’s end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but family as well. Madison has reconnected with Travis, her apocalyptic partner, but Alicia has been fractured by her murder of Andres. Madison’s son is only a few miles from his mother, but Nick’s first action as a leader saw him and Luciana ambushed by an American militia group – the couple escaped death, Luciana was shot, and Nick no longer feels immortal. Recovering both emotionally and physically, Strand has his sights set on harnessing the new world’s currency, and Ofelia’s captivity will test her ability to survive and see if she can muster the savagery of her father.
The series is executive produced by showrunner Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd,Greg Nicotero and David Alpert and stars Kim Dickens as Madison, Cliff Curtis as Travis, Frank Dillane as Nick, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia, Mercedes Mason as Ofelia, Colman Domingo as Strand and Danay Garcia as Luciana. Joining the cast as series regulars for season three are Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood), Daniel Sharman (The Originals, Teen Wolf) and Sam Underwood (The Following), who will play the Otto family, founders of a survivalist organization who prepared for the fall of democracy, but didn’t anticipate the rise of the dead, as well as Lisandra Tena (Chicago P.D.) as Lola Guerrero.
Fear the Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.