AMC Renews Blades’ “Fear the Walking Dead” for a Third Season

There’s more fear in Ruben Blades’ future…

Less than a week after its second season premiere, Fear the Walking Dead, starring the 67-year-old Panamanian actor/singer, has been picked up for a third season by AMC.

Ruben Blades

The 16-episode run of the Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson created spinofff of blockbuster The Walking Dead will debut in 2017.

“What Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman have invented in Fear The Walking Dead is to be applauded,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Watching Los Angeles crumble through the eyes of our characters and seeing each make decisions and try to figure out the rules of their new world – it’s fresh, eerie and compelling and we’re all in for the ride.”

Now on the high seas, FearTWD returned on April 10 for a 15-episode season two run basically even in Live + Same Day numbers with its October 4 S1 finale of last year.

While down 37% in the key 18-49 demo from the record-breaking cable highs of its August 23, 2015 Season 1 premiere FearTWD S2’s opener also declined 34% in total viewers from its very first show.

Despite those declines, the spinoff is still the second highest rated show on cable this season in the 18-49s – behind only TWD itself. On both broadcast and cable, FearTWD is the seventh highest rated show, including Sunday Night Football, this season so far.

In just released Live + 3 numbers, FearTWD’s S2 opener rose 32% in total viewers from its L+SD results to 8.8 million. Among adults 18-49, the Erickson written ‘Monster” episode was up 36% from L+SD to 5.3 million.