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AMC Renews 'The Walking Dead' For 5th Season

Victor Smith Victor Smith
10/30/2013 6:37am EDT

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AMC issued a press release on Tuesday announcing that it's renewing hit zombie series The Walking Dead for a fifth season.

"We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season," said AMC president Charlie Collier. "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."

Since its October 13 season four premiere, the show is number-one among adults in the 18-49 age range. The season four premiere also set a new non-sports cable record, pulling in 20.2 million viewers.

The cable network also recently announced that a spinoff series is in the works.

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