IFC, the lower-rated sister network to AMC, may end up airing episodes of the zombie hit "The Walking Dead," which could bolster IFC’s ratings and give the channel leverage when negotiating with pay-TV providers, reports the New York Post.
AMC Networks Chief Executive Josh Sapan and Charlie Collier, the president and general manager of the AMC channel, are talking about the plan, the story says.
The discussions come as Time Warner Cable is talks to renew its agreement to carry AMC’s IFC and WE tv. The cable operator reportedly doesn’t want to pay increases for the smaller networks.
A representative for AMC declined to comment.
As previously reported, the midseason third-season premiere of "The Walking Dead" broke viewership records earlier this month, drawing 12.3 million total viewers.
The Post report notes: “Separately, repeats of another AMC hit, ‘Breaking Bad,’ are headed to its Sundance Channel.”
The report adds: “The AMC flagship gets between 30 cents and 50 cents per subscriber a month from cable and satellite-TV providers but is trying to raise that to about 75 cents. Combined, IFC, WE tv and Sundance Channel get about 47 cents per subscriber a month.”