After hitting a series low in ratings, Fear the Walking Dead is seeing a slight uptick in its ratings which may owe thanks to some rave reviews surrounding the series lately.
The fourteenth episode of Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 aired on Sunday night, titled, "This Land Is Your Land". Two weeks after an episode which tied series low ratings, the numbers have seen a healthy gain which is a good sign for the AMC series already promised a fourth season. Episode 3x13 earned a 0.9 rating in the key 18-49 demographic with 2.36 million viewers reports TV by the Numbers. It's a considerable bump for the series which 2.14 million viewers two weeks prior (an episode which earned headlines for dropping the first F-word in the Dead universe).
So, what's helping the series gain its viewers back? With so few interviews popping up, New York Comic Con plans for the series cancelled, and advertising appearing scarcely, the only answer is the overwhelmingly positive reviews.
After being criticized by fans and critics alike through its first two seasons, Fear the Walking Dead hit its stride in Season 3 and has become one of the best shows on television. Character development has hit all time highs, use of cast members is at its best, and action-packed scenes with both zombies and human threats are providing entertaining moments every Sunday night.
With the increase quality of storytelling in Season 3 of Fear the Walking Dead have come enhanced reviews for the show which is constantly compared to its sibling series, The Walking Dead. Well, "Fear the Walking Dead is officially better than The Walking Dead," according to a Forbes headline.
"This Land Is Your Land vaults Fear The Walking Dead onto the same level as The Walking Dead," writes Den of Geek.
Still, the AMC show does not need to be compared to the show which co-exists years ahead in its zombie-filled universe. "[This Land Is Your Land] may be the best episode Fear the Walking Dead has ever done," writes MyMBuzz of Sunday's Alycia Debnam-Carey driven episode. "It takes two central ideas and turns both on their heads in the most horrifying, and realistic, way imaginable and the result is a horrific, and unforgettable, piece of TV."
This comes one week after we were calling the Brother's Keeper episode the best of the series, proving the show has more to offer week after week.
The Brother's Keeper episode, in fact, earned a considerable amount of praise around the web, as well. "This was a genuinely great episode of television," writes Uproxx.
Perhaps the series owes its successes to the centralized focus on the show's most interesting characters -- Alicia, Nick, and Troy -- or the borrowing of several time The Walking Dead episode director Alrick Riley, or maybe it's the new writing staff who has helped quicken the pace of the AMC series. In any case, the show is better than ever, and the seven million people who have tuned it out since the series premiere may not recognize it if they hop back on board now (which they absolutely should).
The Walking Dead's sibling series Fear the Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 pm ET on AMC. The Walking Dead will return for its eighth season on October 22, 2017. The Season Eight premiere will mark 100 episodes overall for the popular AMC series. For complete coverage and insider info all season long, follow @BrandonDavisBD on Twitter.