In what will probably end up being the least surprising renewal of the 2013-2014 TV season, AMC has elected to pick up a fifth season of its smash hit zombie drama 'The Walking Dead.'
While only three episodes of Season 4 have aired, 'The Walking Dead' continues to smash ratings records with almost every new episode. To provide some perspective on just how successful this show is, the latest episode, "Isolation," drew an 8.3 18-49 demo rating. The highest rated scripted series on the big four broadcast networks is 'The Big Bang Theory,' which just earned a 5.2 for its latest episode. 'The Walking Dead' pulls down numbers that no scripted cable series has ever come close to hitting before, and makes the ratings for 'Breaking Bad's epic final season look downright unimpressive by comparison.
The renewal isn't the only good news for 'Walking Dead' fans though, as AMC has thankfully decided to retain the services of current showrunner Scott Gimple. The turnover of 'Walking Dead' showrunners was beginning to feel like an ongoing event, what with original series developer Frank Darabont being forced out after Season One, and his successor Glen Mazzara departing the series due to creative differences with AMC earlier this year. Here's hoping Gimple stays on for the long haul.
The episode order for Season 5 has yet to be announced, although 16 is probably a good bet. In the meantime, new episodes of 'The Walking Dead' continue to air every Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC. As if I really needed to tell you that.