"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.
"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."
The fourth season opener was watched by 20.2 million (live+3) viewers and 13.2 million adults 18-49 -- breaking records for a non-sports telecast.
Scott Gimple will return as showrunner in season 5. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dale Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse will be its exec. producers.