[TV] 16.1 Million People Watched “The Walking Dead” Last Night


AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” basic cable’s biggest series of all time, opened its fourth season Sunday with more record numbers, reports Variety.

Despite facing higher-rated sports competition this year from both football and postseason baseball, “Walking Dead” returned Sunday with a monster average audience of 16.1 million viewers — more than 5 million viewers better than last year’s 10.87 million and more than double where it kicked off its second season in October 2011 (7.26 million).

It also did a huge 8.2 rating in adults 18-49, making it easily the top-rated entertainment series telecast of the season, ahead of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (5.5 for its season premiere and a 6.1 for a special second episode right after it).

In adults 25-54, its 7.3 rating ties with the regular-timeslot episode of “NCIS” as the season’s best for an entertainment series. (The second “Big Bang” did an 8.0).

The previous series high for “Dead” — and the all-time best for a cable series — was its third-season finale last spring, which drew 12.42 million and a 6.4 rating in adults 18-49.

  • PeteyHalfSox

    …and 15 million were bored to death by it

    • huntermc

      Yeah, it was average at best. This was the kind of episode that I’d expect about 2/3 of the way through the season, not as the season premiere. At least the preview for next week’s episode looks more exciting.

  • feck

    i didn’t find it boring at all (that would be just about all of season 2). I thought they nicely caught us up with what’s been happening in the past several months (eegads! Character development!) and they have set up a good second episode. Give ’em a break, it was episode one, they gotta build!!