AMC & Fox Announce "The Walking Dead" Broadcast Debut

Wed, March 19th, 2014 at 2:35pm PDT | Updated: March 19th, 2014 at 2:50pm

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AMC is adding one more way to watch "The Walking Dead": broadcast television. According to a recent press release, "The Walking Dead" will re-air old episodes on Fox's MyNetworkTV beginning this fall. Two episodes will air on a designated weeknight on the station, which will be the exclusive broadcast home of the series.

"This agreement extends the reach of the number one show on television among adults 18-49 by giving viewers primetime access to 'The Walking Dead' with back-to-back episodes on broadcast television one night a week," AMC president Charlie Collier said via press release. 'The Walking Dead' has grown in each of its first four seasons on AMC, and we look forward to exposing this compelling story and these unforgettable characters to new fans on MyNetworkTV."

No further details were given, other than to expect back-to-back episodes of "The Walking Dead" on a to-be-determined weeknight on MyNetworkTV.

It's a significant milestone for the critically acclaimed series, as only a handful of shows tend to make the jump from cable to broadcast -- reruns of USA's "Monk" and "Psych" both made the jump to NBC, and other examples are few and far in between. It's also a big acquisition for FOX, whose MyNetworkTV reaches over 97% of the United States, raking #5 in households, #8 in the coveted 18-49 demo and #7 in viewers aged 25-54.

"It's not often you get to add the hottest show on the planet to your lineup," FOX's Frank Cicha said in the release. "We just did, and it's a tremendous get for our stations."

Although, don't expect the full-blown gore and violence in the original AMC airings. It's been confirmed by Entertainment Weekly that episodes aired on MyNetworkTV will be edited to meet broadcast standards.

Check out the full press release below.

Official Press Release

AMC, Twentieth Television and the FOX Television Stations announce the addition of 'The Walking Dead' to the MyNetworkTV programming lineup. Scheduled to make its exclusive broadcast television debut this fall, the announcement was made by Frank Cicha, SVP of Programming of the FOX Television Stations, Greg Meidel, president of 20th Television, and Charlie Collier, president of AMC.

Two episodes from previously aired seasons of 'The Walking Dead' will be presented on a designated weeknight on MyNetworkTV.

"This agreement extends the reach of the number one show on television among adults 18-49 by giving viewers primetime access to 'The Walking Dead' with back-to-back episodes on broadcast television one night a week," said Charlie Collier, AMC president. 'The Walking Dead' has grown in each of its first four seasons on AMC, and we look forward to exposing this compelling story and these unforgettable characters to new fans on MyNetworkTV."

Among adults 18-49, 'The Walking Dead' is currently the number one series on television, across all cable and broadcast networks, and the number one cable drama series of all time.

Greg Meidel of Twentieth Television added: "We are fired up that MyNetworkTV will be the exclusive broadcast home to 'The Walking Dead'. As we enter the 2014 upfronts, the blockbuster program, which breaks the mold of conventional television, further enhances 20th Television's media sales slate of hit comedies, dramas and first-run programming."

With programming on Monday through Friday, MyNetworkTV reaches over 97% of the country; airing on the FOX Television Stations in each of the top 3 markets including New York (WWOR My9), Los Angeles (KCOP My 13), and Chicago (WPWR My 50). This season, MyNetworkTV ranks #5 in Households, #8 in A18-49 and #7 in 25-54 among all broadcast and cable networks.

Frank Cicha of the FOX Television Stations added: "It's not often you get to add the hottest show on the planet to your lineup. We just did, and it's a tremendous get for our stations."

About AMC
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and five out of the last six, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the current #1 show on television among adults 18-49 with The Walking Dead. AMC's original drama series include Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Hell on Wheels. The network will premiere three new drama series in 2014: TURN, Halt and Catch Fire and the Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul. AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series including Talking Dead, Comic Book Men, Small Town Security, Freakshow and the forthcoming Game of Arms. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV is a broadcast programming service. Reaching over 97% of the country and targeted to adults 18-49, MyNetworkTV currently provides its affiliates 10 hours of diverse programming Monday through Friday. For more information, please visit www.mynetworktv.com.

Twentieth Television
A leader in the U.S. program production and distribution arena, Twentieth Television provides a wide array of first-run, network and off-network programming, as well as feature film packages, to the syndication and cable marketplaces. Off-net shows distributed by Twentieth Television include "Modern Family," "Family Guy," "Glee," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Burn Notice," "COPS Reloaded," "Raising Hope," "Bones," "How I Met Your Mother," "American Dad," "The Cleveland Show," and "The Simpsons"; First-run programs distributed by Twentieth Television include the court shows "Divorce Court" & "Judge Alex" and the entertainment magazine program, "Dish Nation." Twentieth handles media sales on behalf of Debmar- Mercury programming including "Family Feud," "Wendy Williams" and the new fall game show hosted by Craig Ferguson, "Celebrity Name Game".

FOX Television Stations
FOX Television Stations is one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 28 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.35 % of U.S. television homes. This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Orlando and Charlotte.

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