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AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead" debuts to record audiences

Sunday's 90-minute series premiere of "Fear the Walking Dead" made television history. Delivering 10.1 million viewers, it took the crown as most-watched series debut in cable TV history for total viewers and all key demos, the AMC network said Monday.

The episode delivered 6.3 million adults in the 18-to-49 demographic many advertisers prefer to reach.

A "Talking Dead" Season 6 Preview Special that preceded the "Fear" premiere delivered 4.2 million viewers, with 2.5 million viewers in the 18-to-49 demo.

The first season of "Fear the Walking Dead" will run for six episodes this fall, then return for a second

Ahead of the premiere, Dave Erickson, executive producer of the show, said, "If I woke up every morning (thinking) 'Oh, my God, 20 million viewers per episode,' I couldn't get out of bed. We've written and (the cast) have played a very strong season. I think people will enjoy it and eventually love it for its own merits and how it complements the other show."

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