As AMC prepares for the seventh season of the Walking Dead, network president and CEO Josh Sapan recently announced that the network is planning on continuing the series for a very long time, surely delighting fans all over.
During the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on Wednesday, the AMC boss said that the Walking Dead “has incredible life in it” and has the potential to run for “many, many more years.”
And with ratings that have placed the show on top of the television rankings, it really does seem that the series will run for a very long time. According to Coming Soon, the Walking Dead closed its latest season “with a 90-minute finale that delivered 18.4 million viewers and 11.5 million adults 18-49 in Nielsen live+3 ratings.”
The Walking Dead to run as long as Star Trek?
Sapan even compared the show to another popular TV series that seemed to withstand the test of time- Star Trek- which also recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
“[‘Star Trek’] came and went three times,” Sapan shared with the Wrap. “We do think that we have a franchise [in ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’] that is one of the rare franchises that you occasionally come across in what we do for a living.”
Cinema Blend does note that there “have been five live-action Star Trek series,” although everyone is sure to get the point of the AMC exec. He even took the time to brag about other AMC series-Into the Badlands and Preacher- both of which he said had “franchise-like qualities.”
“The environment is more cluttered and it is more challenging to be meaningful,” said Shapan. “The nice news is that if you look at cable dramas, and you look at the top 10, we have five of them. And that’s a pretty good place to be.”
Though the same cannot be said for the Walking Dead’s spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead, which, according to reports, has gone from 6 million viewers at the end of season one to 3.5 million nearing the end of season two.”
Though in terms of ratings, this is still considered an “okay” number, but it may still forebode a different story from AMC execs.
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