THE WALKING DEAD Returns With Highest Rated Episode In Series History

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier and Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead Season 5 Gallery

The season five premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” delivered the highest ratings in series history. The episode was watched by 17.3 million viewers and 11 million adults aged 18-49, increases of 7% and 6%, respectively, over the season four premiere, the previous record-holder. “The Walking Dead” continues to be the #1 show on television among adults 18-49. Last night’s episode outperformed everything else on television in this key demographic, including Sunday Night Football, by over 2.5 million adults 18-49. With time-shifted playback, the season five premiere should exceed 22 million viewers.

“It’s a Dead man’s party. Who could ask for more?” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “Enormous thanks to our friends and executive producers Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero – who also directed last night’s terrific premiere – Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Tom Luse and all of their fellow producers, cast and crew for everything they do to make the #1 show on television such a unique and incredible experience for the fans. ‘The Walking Dead’ is one of those increasingly rare shows today that can command a live audience not significantly cannibalized by time-shifted viewing. Who would have thought that cannibalized television could be curtailed by cannibal-ized television?”

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season five premiere of “The Walking Dead”

  • 9 pm airing – 8.2 HH rating with 17.3 million viewers
  • 9 pm airing – 8.7 rating with 11.0 million Adults 18-49
  • 9 pm airing – 8.3 rating with 9.9 million Adults 25-54

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season four premiere of “Talking Dead”

  • 10 pm airing – 3.4 HH rating with 6.9 million viewers
  • 10 pm airing – 3.5 rating with 4.5 million Adults 18-49
  • 10 pm airing – 3.4 rating with 4.0 million Adults 25-54

Source: Nielsen Media Research fast nationals (US ratings), L+SD.

The Walking Dead Ratings