Ratings: “Preacher” Premiere Draws 2.4M Viewers Following “Fear The Walking Dead” Midseason Finale

Judged purely based on its numbers, the series premiere of AMC’s “Preacher” performed reasonably well based on typical cable standards.

A true assessment, however, hinges on the expectation analysts — as well AMC, of course — had for the high-profile launch, particularly as it relates to retention of the “Fear The Walking Dead” audience.

According to national data posted by Showbuzz, Sunday’s “Preacher” premiere drew a 0.90 adults 18-49 rating and 2.38 million total viewers. Both are solid — if not strong — in today’s cable ratings environment.

The numbers do not, however, position “Preacher” as an instant blockbuster for AMC. They also represent sizable declines from the 1.88 adults 18-49 rating and 4.39 million viewer mark drawn by the midseason finale of “Fear The Walking Dead,” which provided lead-in support.

Retaining audience from a tentpole, appointment drama is a difficult endeavor, so it is unclear whether AMC anticipated “Preacher” retaining more than 48% in the demo or 54% in viewers.

In any event, the truer test will emerge in the coming weeks, when “Preacher” will perform without premiere curiosity buzz and without direct lead-in support from AMC’s #2 program.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

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