‘Fear the Walking Dead’: Far from extinct, the zombies are back on their feet – and fans needed no extra prodding to share those files

July 27, 2017


Spun off from AMC’s successful TV series “The Walking Dead”, this new series kicked off the first half of its third season on June 4, 2017, and reanimated fans among file sharers. Overall, file sharing activity got moving as anyone would expect. After each day a new episode was released, spikes shot out of the otherwise steady trend lines of file sharing activity. But how popular is the “The Walking Dead” sequel really?




How many users swarmed to the third season’s first installment of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ during its release window in relation to the previous of Season 2?

Although the current season’s audience has shown increased interest from one episode to the next, the number of P2P users interested in episodes of Season 3’s first installment within its release window was lower compared with the previous window for episodes of Season 2. During the first part of Season 2, for example, FTWD attracted 4.64 million users who shared FTWD files of Season 2. This number is nearly two times higher than the current season’s number of 2.34 million, which indicates a somewhat deteriorating interest in AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead”.




Which ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ episode struck a chord with the most file sharers?

When analyzing FTWD files from Season 3 episodes only, we see that P2P user numbers for the day each respective episode was released range between 150,000 and 185,000. Coming in at 184,561 P2P users, the sixth episode, titled “Red Dirt”, was most popular within the first part of the AMC show’s third season so far. Popularity in terms of number of file sharers watching an episode can be an indicator of storytelling quality. But something else can be gleaned from these numbers as well: Did the most popular episode also trigger the highest number of new fans who just caught the bug and are starting to catch up by watching from the beginning of Season 1? 




What episode got the most new fans crawling toward the TWD spin-off?

The climbing number of people catching up on “The Walking Dead” followed the usual pattern for the second through fourth episodes of each season. That means the highest number of newly infected fans cropped up during weeks two to four of the new season releases for FTWD’s parent series. There has been a similar pattern in the way the spin-off acquires fans, with Episode 3 proving to be the most contagious episode for catching up. Because the first and the second episode were released on the same day, the peak of new fans actually already occurred during the second week of the latest season release. 




Where are the most active FTWD fans hiding out?

The most active fan base of “Fear the Walking Dead” is located in Brazil, followed by Russia, Spain, China and the United States. With 35,277 P2P users sharing episodes of FTWD during the release period of the first half of Season 3, Madrid is the city with the highest number of file sharing fans. Next on the list, Moscow snared the second spot, while Athens took third. Brazilian cities, which sat comfortably in the top spots of the original series, ended up being ranked fifth (Rio de Janeiro), seventh (Recife) and ninth (Belo Horizonte) in terms of their share of P2P users.




Which ISPs are used to download and share FTWD files? 

Since the largest number of fans who share FTWD files via P2P networks are located in Brazil, it is not surprising that the Brazilian internet service provider Vivo ended up at No. 1. Other countries with high numbers of FTWD fans, such as Russia and Spain, followed this pattern – with Spanish Telefonica and Russian Rostelecom in spots 2 and 3, respectively. Chinese or US ISPs, however, fell short of the top 10. Nevertheless, American and Chinese file sharers found their spots among the top five countries, which indicates a broader usage of ISPs by the respective P2P users.
One more interesting fact to close: Three more ISPs from South America pushed their way into the top 10 ISPs used for sharing. These were Brazil’s Oi Velox, Net Virtua and Oi Internet at spots 6, 7 and 8, respectively.



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Definition: Number of file sharers: How many peers shared at least one file of the respective FTWD episode within this time period?




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