The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere Smashes Previous Records

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Just like FX’ American Horror Story, The Walking Dead TV series on AMC continues to smash previous records. Moving into Season 5, which premiered this past Sunday, the episode delivered the highest ratings in series history.

Over 17 million viewers tuned in at 9:00 p.m. to watch the very first episode, titled “No sanctuary”, and 11 million adults aged 18-49, an increase of 7% and 6%, respectively, over the Season 4 premiere. TWD continues to be the No. 1 show on television among adults. It 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 5 premiere should exceed 22 million viewers.

AMC President Charlie Collier gave a shout out to fans and executive producers:

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 Number 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?

In addition to breaking the network’s records, TWD was the series’ most talked about episode ever, dominating social media activity for all of scripted television in 2014 as well as for the night. The premiere telecast garnered a total of 1,320,056 Tweets, making The Walking Dead the Number 1 new season drama premiere for 2014 in terms of Tweets.

TWD Season 5 continues this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. with Episode 2, titled “Strangers,” on AMC.

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