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

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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!!