Barely a week after the Season 2 premiere of Fear the Walking Dead last Sunday, AMC has renewed the spin-off prequel to cable hit The Walking Dead for a third season. In 2017, Fear the Walking Dead will continue for 16 more episodes.

In the press release, AMC president Charlie Collier, naturally, had nothing but high praise for the series. “What Dave Erickson and Robert Kirkman have invented in Fear the Walking Dead is to be applauded. Watching Los Angeles crumble through the eyes of our characters … its fresh, eerie and compelling and we’re all in for the ride,” he said.

Quoting the enigmatic Victor Strand (played by Colman Domingo), Collier added: “The only way to survive a mad world is to embrace the madness.’ We thank the millions of fans for embracing this mad world and look forward to sailing far into the future.”

To justify its move, AMC provided cold hard numbers for Fear the Walking Dead, and I guess it’s all impressive. According to Nielsen, the premiere show attracted 8.8 million viewers live/same day viewing and was the number two currently on-air cable show in the U.S. for adults. It only trailed behind what else, The Walking Dead. Seems TV viewers are bat-shit crazy zombies.