AMC Global claims record-breaking ratings in a year_20.12.2015


Joseph O'Halloran

| 18 December 2015

International television network AMC Global is celebrating its first year in business with what it claims is “impressive” distribution growth and record ratings.

FearTWD KeyArt 2ShtSince its arrival in late 2014, it has landed on a number of new platforms and is now available in over 125 countries. Milestones for the year include being taken up by pay-TV providers in key territories such as in Latin America with launches on additional Televisa Telecom systems in Mexico, including Cablecom, and on the Tigo systems throughout Central America, Bolivia and Paraguay. In Central Europe, new distribution partners include Invitel in Hungary and Digi DTH in the Czech Republic.

New carriage agreements were secured in Asia with iCable in Hong Kong and Singtel in Singapore, while in the UK, AMC launched exclusively on BT TV which helped the platform achieve their largest quarterly subscriber addition of all time.

From a content perspective, the recently-premiered Into the Badlands put AMC among the top ten most watched entertainment networks in the key territories. It achieved record-breaking ratings performance, especially in Central Europe and Latin America.

In Central Europe, the series premiere delivered a 2.0 share in both A4+ and A18-49 in Hungary, making AMC Hungary the eighth most watched cable channel in the premiere slot in the A18-49 demographic. This represented the highest premiere ratings for any AMC Global series in Hungary. In Latin America, the series premiere boosted AMC Global’s Sunday prime time audience by more than 50% among coveted 18-49 audiences.

AMC Global also has a raft of exclusive new programming set to premiere in the year ahead including thriller The Night Manager, season three of Halt and Catch Fire, and the 15-episode second season of global phenomenon Fear the Walking Dead, among others.

Season two of the latter has just begun filming in Mexico and will also premiere next year with 15 new episodes. The companion series to the global hit The Walking Dead delivered unprecedented audience numbers, making it a top ten network for the night in key regional markets including Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, following the drama’s record-breaking performance in the US where the series premiere delivered 10.1 million live/same day viewers.

“We are delighted to see our distribution increase so dramatically and our programming achieve such impact during AMC Global’s first year of operation,” said AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global president Bruce Tuchman. “There is a substantial appetite for our unique approach to dramatic storytelling, and AMC Global has debuted some of the most acclaimed new dramas this year. We’re looking forward to an even stronger 2016 with a wide range of exclusive series which will further establish AMC Global as a premier entertainment destination.”