The Walking Dead's Season Four Premiere Breaks Records with 16.1M Viewers
The Walking Dead is ready to take over television.
The fourth season of the acclaimed AMC series — which chronicles the lives of a handful of people who survive a zombie apocalypse—made its premiere on Sunday night to 16.1 million viewers, making it this season’s highest-rated show, the NY Times reports.
What made this accomplishment more impressive was that the season premiere of The Walking Dead aired the same night as a Sunday Night Football game as well as a post-season baseball game between the Tigers and the Red Sox. Neither game evidently managed to damage the zombie drama’s ratings.
The show’s previous record was 12.4 million viewers. The series finale for Breaking Bad only drew 10.3 million viewers.
What’s more, 10.4 million out of Sunday night’s viewers belonged to the 18-49 demographic, giving it a 8.2 rating in that age category. The second-highest rated show in the 18-49 demographic is this season’s The Big Bang Theory, which opened to a 6.1 rating.
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