The Walking Dead Wins Fifth Season

It's the zombie apocalypse that keeps on giving.

The Walking Dead has just been renewed for a fifth season - and that's no surprise, given its spectacular performance in the Stateside TV ratings. It's the number one show among viewers between 18-49, the sweetest demographic on the small screen. The season four premiere grabbed over 16 million zombie-watchers, a new record for AMC.

“We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever,” says Charlie Collier, president of AMC. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead .’”

Season five will see Scott Gimple return as showrunner alongside executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Ann Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

Read our The Walking Dead season 4 reviews .

Nick Setchfield
Editor-at-Large, SFX Magazine

Nick Setchfield is the Editor-at-Large for SFX Magazine, writing features, reviews, interviews, and more for the monthly issues. However, he is also a freelance journalist and author with Titan Books. His original novels are called The War in the Dark, and The Spider Dance. He's also written a book on James Bond called Mission Statements.