Ratings: Into the Badlands Bows Big, Ranks as Fall's Top Freshman Debut

Into the Badlands Ratings

AMC’s Into the Badlands took a sword to the competition Sunday night.

Buoyed by its monster Walking Dead lead-in, the martial arts drama attracted 6.4 million viewers and a 3.2 demo rating, edging out NBC’s Blindspot and CBS’ Supergirl (which both bowed to a 3.1) as the fall’s top-rated freshman debut (broadcast or cable).

Badlands fell short of two other recent AMC launches — Fear the Walking Dead debuted this summer to 10 million viewers and a 4.9 rating, while Better Call Saul opened to 6.9 mil and a 3.4 in February, leading out of The Walking Dead. However, unlike Fear and Saul, Badlands is not a spinoff of a popular franchise.

What did you think of Badlands‘ premiere? Will you be tuning in for Episode 2 this Sunday? Hit the comments!

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