The return of Fear The Walking Dead pulled in 100,000 viewers for BT’s AMC channel according to official viewing figures.
First launched last summer, AMC is exclusive to BT TV subscribers and Sky customers who also pay for the BT Sports pack and shows a range of US dramas including Manhattan, Rectify and Mad Men.
The channel has attracted adverse headlines for failing to attract audiences equal to those seen by Sky and UKTV’s channel bundles.
However viewing figures for Fear The Walking Dead’s return reveal that 100,000 viewers tuned in across the week, with more having watched the debut episode via BT TV’s on demand and catch-up service which is excluded from the BARB figures.
Each episode receives several showings throughout the week including a 2am simulcast with its US debut and a Monday evening peak time slot.
A prequel to AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead, the show explains for the first time the origins of the zombie population which terrorises the cast of the original series.
Its line-up of characters include divorced high school teacher Travis (Cliff Curtis), his fiancée Madison (Kim Dickens) and Madison’s two children: Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and high school drop out Nick (Frank Dilate).
Season one concluded with them joining forces with the mysterious Strand who took them aboard his yacht to escape the zombie uprising.
At a press event to mark the second season’s debut BT bosses promised that they and AMC would be bring more big-name dramas to viewers in the coming months.