Get ready for more blood, more guts and more Walkers -- AMC has renewed its top-rated series "The Walking Dead" for a fifth season.
The show, which stars the likes of Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln as human survivors of a zombie apocalypse in a Walker-infested America, is currently on its fourth season, whose premiere earned the highest ratings the series has ever received.
An episode that aired on the cable channel on Sunday, Oct. 22 was watched by 13.9 million people and received a 7.1 rating among adults between ages 18 and 49, making it the top-rated TV show for the 9 p.m. hour, among both network and cable/satellite shows.
"We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: The Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season," AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement to OTRC.com on Tuesday, Oct. 29.
"This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently -- and most notably -- with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here's to more Dead."
AMC says Scott Gimple will return as the series' showrunner and executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse will also be back for season 5.
The cable network had previously announced that a "Walking Dead" companion series, featuring new characters, is also in the works.
(Pictured above: Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) talks to OTRC.com about season 4 at the AMC's show's premiere in Los Angeles on Oct. 3. Click on the image to watch the interview.)
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