October 15, 2013 02:14:59 GMT
The AMC horror-drama series' return last Sunday drew 16.1 million viewers, up 3.7 million viewers compared to previous record set by the season 3 finale
"The Walking Dead" continues outperforming itself. The fourth season premiere of the post-apocalyptic series delivered 16.1 million total viewers and 10.4 million viewers in adults 18-49 demo, breaking the show's previous records set by the season 3 finale with 12.4 million total viewers and 8.1 million viewers 18-49.
Season to date, the Sunday, October 13 episode ranks as the No.1 telecast in adults 18-49 among other programs, including "Sunday Night Football". With time-shifted playback, the season 4 opener 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," says 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, showrunner 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 Walking Dead" big return boosted its companion show, "Talking Dead", which became the most viewed premiere in series history with 5.1 million viewers, including 3.3 million adults aged 18-49.