It’s only been a few days since the season 2 premiere of “Fear the Walking Dead,” but the show is already ranking as the #2 show on cable (behind only “The Walking Dead”) and the #7 show in all of television – cable and broadcast – among adults 18-49 this television season.

That tremendous success has led AMC to renew the series, which takes place at the onset of the zombie apocalypse, for a third season of 16 episodes. The new season will hit AMC in 2017.

The network also announced that it had renewed the live aftershow “Talking Dead: Fear,” hosted by Chris Hardwick, for another season, following all new episodes of “Fear.”

“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 and seeing each make decisions and try to figure out the rules of their new world – it’s fresh, eerie and compelling and we’re all in for the ride,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “As Victor Strand observed, ‘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.”

In Nielsen live+3 ratings, Sunday’s “Fear the Walking Dead” season two premiere delivered 8.8 million viewers, including 5.7 million adults 25-54 and 5.3 million adults 18-49. The live “Talking Dead: Fear” aftershow delivered 2.8 million viewers including 1.8 million adults 25-54 and 1.6 million 18-49.

A wholly original companion series to “The Walking Dead,” the series “Fear the Walking Dead” is executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, David Alpert and showrunner David Erickson and produced by AMC Studios.