THE WALKING DEAD Season 4 Premiere Smashes Records With 16.1 Million Viewers
Last night saw the return of AMC's hugely popular zombie show to our screens, and the debut season 4 episode smashed the previous record held by the season 3 finale last year. Read on for the official numbers and the press release in full..
You just can't keep a good Walker down. Despite some fans feeling that the show has "jumped the shark", The Walking Dead hit a new record with an astonishing 16.1 million total viewers. To give you an idea of last year's numbers, the Season 3 premiere had 10.9 million viewers, and the show hit its all-time record of 12.4 million total viewers with the season finale.
AMC’s The Walking Dead returned last night for its fourth season, delivering the highest ratings of any episode in series history. The season four premiere was watched by 16.1 million total viewers and 10.4 million adults aged 18-49. Last night’s ratings confirm The Walking Dead continues to be the #1 show on all of television among the coveted 18-49 demographic. 2013/14 season to date, last night’s premiere ranks as the #1 telecast in adults 18-49, outperforming all programs including primetime NFL football. With time-shifted playback, last night’s premiere should exceed 20 million viewers.
“Sincere thanks to the fans, who have welcomed The Walking Dead back for its fourth season with the highest-rated episode in the show's history,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “We could not be more proud of this show and everyone on both sides of the camera who work so hard to give life to this story of character, leadership and survival. It starts with series creator, writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman, show runner and executive producer Scott Gimple and the director of last night’s episode (and the man behind the make-up) executive producer Greg Nicotero, their fellow executive producers and an extraordinary cast and crew who are giving their all every day. So clearly, thanks to them, the dead have never been more alive.”
The previous record for an episode of The Walking Dead was 12.4 million total viewers and 8.1 million viewers 18-49 for the season three finale.
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