'The Walking Dead' Season 4 Premiere is Highest Rated Episode Ever With 16.1 Million Viewers & 10.4 Million Adults 18-49

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October 14th, 2013

The Walking Dead Season 4 Premiere

The 10.4 million adults 18-49 viewers should translate to a huge 8.2 adults 18-49 rating, assuming there are no further adjustments. Your predictions  were accurate, though we were obviously not optimistic enough with our poll choices!

via press release:

AMC’S The Walking Dead RETURNS WITH HIGHEST-RATED EPISODE IN SERIES HISTORY, 16.1 MILLION VIEWERS AND 10.4 MILLION ADULTS 18-49

 

PREMIERE RATINGS CONFIRM The Walking Dead CONTINUES TO BE THE #1 SHOW ON TELEVISION ACROSS ALL CABLE AND BROADCAST NETWORKS

 

LAST NIGHT’S PREMIERE OF The Walking Dead IS THE #1 TELECAST AMONG ADULTS 18-49 THIS BROADCAST SEASON INCLUDING SPORTS

 

TALKING DEAD AFTERSHOW ALSO HITS PREMIERE HIGH,

WITH 5.1 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS

AND 3.3 MILLION ADULTS 18-49

 

New York, NY – October 14, 2013 – 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.

 

Following the 9 pm premiere of The Walking Dead, AMC premiered the third season of Talking Dead at 10 pm, it became the most viewed premiere in series history with 5.1 million viewers, including 3.3 million adults aged 18-49. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, Talking Dead features Hardwick and fans, actors, producers and other TV enthusiasts, discussing and dissecting that night’s Dead premiere. The premiere episode featured guests including executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple and Nathan Fillion of Castle.

 

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season four premiere of The Walking Dead

 

  • 9 pm airing – 8.1 HH rating with 16.1 million viewers
  • 9 pm airing – 8.2 HH rating with 10.4 million Adults 18-49
  • 9 pm airing – 7.3 HH rating with 8.8 million Adults 25-54

 

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season three premiere of Talking Dead

 

  • 10 pm airing – 2.7 HH rating with 5.1 million viewers
  • 10 pm airing – 2.6 HH rating with 3.3 million Adults 18-49
  • 10 pm airing – 2.5 HH rating with 3.0 million Adults 25-54

 

Source: Nielsen Media Research fast nationals (US ratings), L+SD 10/13/13, broadcast season 9/23/13 – current.

 

The return of The Walking Dead dominated TV-related social media activity. In the opening minute of the East coast premiere, viewers posted 39,994 Tweets about the show, representing 88% of all television-related Tweets. The premiere telecast garnered a total of 1,171,994 Tweets from 570,148 unique authors. The Walking Dead was also the #1 program for the day in TV-related social media activity, including the premiere and seven previous episodes that ran during a catch-up marathon on AMC, with the most unique authors. On Facebook, more than 5 million users had more than 9.3 million interactions related to The Walking Dead premiere. Twitter data from SocialGuide, Facebook data from Facebook.

 

About AMC

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, five out of the last six years, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with The Walking Dead. AMC’s original drama series include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Hell On Wheels and Low Winter Sun.  The network recent greenlit two new drama series, working titles Halt & Catch Fire and Turn, both of which will be premiering in 2014. AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like Comic Book Men, Small Town Security, Talking Dead, Talking Bad and Freakshow. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

 
  • tjw

    @Tphxitachi,

    It airs on Sundays in Canada. And no, it doesn’t affect the ratings. At least not in any significant way.

  • Hardline_Pro

    Wow. Too bad the premiere kinda sucked.

  • Matt

    @meanie

    It’s not if cable can compete with broadcast, it’s if broadcast can compete with cable

  • Matt

    Those are Greys Anatomy and Desperate Housewives season 1 numbers. Oh my gawd.

  • Jimmy

    Jesus mother effing Christ. And I was one of the non believers who didnt expect this to go over 6.2. I am seriously impressed. It’s probably going to be pulling calm down at 6.5+ for the remainder of the season. That’s still huge though.

  • Shane

    That’s awesome very glad to hear it keeps getting more and more popular, we here in Canada love it! The canadian fans don’t even count towards these numbers correct?

  • Mark3

    Its crazy how walkin dead brought popularity to zombies! Even.tho the best zombie anything is from the 80s..but i think its getting a lil played out. Like vampires.

  • Meanie

    I wonder what their ad rate is also.

  • josh

    ohhhhh “puleas” 8 .2 it was terrible wat a soapy crap season 1 and first 8 of season 2 were good but now not any more
    Breaking Bad is better drama with better rating and writing it even won a emmy

    Better call Soul better be good

  • k:Alex

    It’s a monster, a real monster in ratings.

  • AlanHalliwell

    I’ve never seen such A high demo I can only Imagine what its Like throughout the season.

  • Dan

    BEAST

  • Melissa

    @Matt

    Those are Greys Anatomy and Desperate Housewives season 1 numbers. Oh my gawd.

    Not quite, Desperate Housewives didn’t go as *low* as an 8.2 until season two! :lol:

  • Robert

    Shocking numbers. And that’s an understatement

  • Dan

    That makes Low Winter Sun seem anemic by comparison. If AMC wanted to develop Low Winter Sun they should have aired it behind Walking Dead and just aired Hell On Wheels after Breaking Bad.

  • Meanie

    @Matt

    That may be the case but broadcast still on average get more viewers than cable. But I think sooner or later the gap between the two will shrink where shows doing like 1million or 2million on cable won’t be consider hits anymore.

  • LisaM

    The zombies are back! It was a gruesome episode but set the tone for character development. Any a mystery too. I hate that the 2 cute geeky guys were killed off day one.

  • j

    I thought the highest this fall would be a 7.0!

  • John A

    See You can have great ratings sunday night. This is directed at you Revenge fans.

  • SJ

    And I understand they’re still wasting this huge lead-in on a talk show… ABOUT this show? Wow…

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