Final Hours of ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Bible’ Combine for 24.5 million

'The Walking Dead' Takes a (Much-Needed)

The finales draw a larger audience than any Sunday entertainment series on the Big Four

It was a whopper of a night for cable on Sunday as AMC’s “The Walking Dead” broke more records with its third-season finale, and History capped its miniseries “The Bible” with boffo numbers of its own.

Combined in the 9 o’clock hour, the two finales drew about 24.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen, topping all entertainment telecasts on the Big Four.

“The Walking Dead” averaged a 6.4 national rating in adults 18-49 (8.1 million adults 18-49), up from the 6.1 that the show garnered for its winter return on Feb. 10 and up about 35% from its second-season finale a year ago (4.7).

That makes it the highest rating for any regularly scheduled entertainment telecast this season — topping the previous high set by the Feb. 7 episode of CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory” (6.2).

In total viewers, “The Walking Dead” averaged 12.4 million, up slightly from the 12.3 million it drew for the second-half return of its second season on Feb. 10.

After the “Walking Dead” finale, post-show recap series “The Talking Dead” drew a record 5.2 million viewers for AMC, including 3.3 million adults 18-49. Its projected 18-49 rating of 2.6 easily beat ABC, CBS and NBC in the 10 p.m. hour.

Over at History, “The Bible” drew 11.7 million viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. and edged out “Walking Dead” head-to-head in the 9 o’clock hour (12.32 million to 12.29 million), when the miniseries focused on The Resurrection. This is down from the event’s premiere on March 3 (13.1 million) but up nearly 15% from the mini’s penultimate airing a week ago.

In key demos, “The Bible” averaged a 3.0 rating in adults 18-49 (3.8 million viewers) and a 3.9 rating in adults 25-54 (4.6 million)

In large part due to “The Bible,” History is poised to stand as March’s top-rated cable network in adults 25-54, men 25-54 and total viewers.

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  1. Mr. Atheist says:

    Funny that both camps were basically watching the same show on the same night. Both were about zombies, right? Maybe the Walking Dead fans accidently tuned into the wrong channel. Good grief! We will never know! :)

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