AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ Finale Draws Whopping 15.7 Million Viewers

The Walking Dead Ratings

There is no slowing down AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which generated record finale numbers as it closed its fourth season Sunday night.

Nielsen estimates that the regular-timeslot telecast of the zombie skein averaged 15.7 million total viewers — a 17% week-to-week gain (from 13.47 million) and 26% bigger than its year-ago season finale (12.42 million). Among all episodes to date, Sunday’s finale ranks third, behind only the season 4 premiere last fall (16.11 million) and the show’s mid-season return on Feb. 9 (15.76 million).

In adults 18-49, “The Walking Dead” averaged a 8.0 rating (10.2 million viewers in the age group), up 20% week-to-week and about 25% vs. last year. It more than tripled the top rating for any broadcast entertainment series on Sunday (ABC’s “Resurrection” did a 2.3 rating).

The post-“Walking Dead” discussion show “Talking Dead” drew a series record 7.3 million viewers and a 3.7 rating in adults 18-49. Its 18-49 rating nearly equaled the combined totals of the three 10 p.m. dramas on broadcast (3.9 for “The Mentalist,” “Revenge” and “Crisis”).

The season-four finale of “The Walking Dead” also dominated TV-related Twitter activity, and was the No. 1 non-sports related program of the night on Twitter across all cable and broadcast networks, with 1.01 million show-related tweets from 356,770 unique authors, generating a total of 63.11 million Twitter TV impressions, according to Nielsen. Twitter activity peaked at 9:22 pm EST with 25,183 tweets, representing 84.6 percent of all television-related Twitter activity at that time.

After averaging a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 and about 5.2 million viewers overall in Live+ same-day numbers for its first season in the fall of 2010, “The Walking Dead” has consistently seen its numbers rise with each half season. It went from a 3.4 demo rating in the fall of 2011, to a 3.9 in the winter of 2012, and then a 5.3 rating for its fall 2012 episodes and a 5.8 for its early 2013 episodes. Last fall, it swelled to a 6.6 demo rating, and its eight episodes in February and March of this year averaged a 6.9

Similarly, in total viewers it has gone from under 5 million in fall 2010, to 13 million last fall and now 13.7 million for its eight episodes in 2014.

And, of course, “Walking Dead” grows its ratings significantly when DVR playback is included. In 2013, its original episodes went from a 6.2 demo rating and 12.2 million viewers in same-night numbers to an 8.6 and 16.5 million in Nielsen’s Live+7 (DVR playback within seven days).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. With his new found canine choppers , I’m sure Rick wouldn’t put this talent to waste. You could only imagine what he would be capable of trying to lead his conglomerate out of this flesh eating compound called Terminus.
    http://www.bahalananurseblog.com/2014/04/theres-new-sheriff-in-town.html

  2. jimmy zee says:

    JOEL ROMERO, WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY REGULAR CABLE, ARE YOU AN IDIOT. THEY SHOWED WHOLE SCENE. OBVIOULY TYRESSE AND CAROL ARE STILL TRYING TO GET TO TERMINUS YOU FOOL. DOES EVERTHING HAVE TO BE SPELLED OUT FOR YOU IDIOTS. !

  3. jimmy zee says:

    JK AND G 2 ASSHOLES, BEST SHOW ON TELEVISON.

  4. jk says:

    The finale was really overhyped. But it was a matching conclusion for the rest of this season’s Walking Dud.

  5. G says:

    The show still sucks.

  6. WILL G. says:

    SECOND BEST SHOW ON TV BESIDES HANNIBAL, NOW THAT BREAKING BAD IS GONE :(

    WALKING DEAD IS GREAT , IF YOU LIKE IT TRY HANNIBAL ON NBC AS WELL . GREAT GREAT SHOW!!!

  7. I don’t think there was ever a weekly show this exciting. I can’t wait to see the next episode after I have watched one episode. The walkers are only the the secondary story line.

  8. Jax says:

    9:22 = the moment Rick went walker on Joe. These are interesting stats. Thanks, Variety!

  9. JD says:

    Thought the last episode was very good apart from the flashbacks which were useless. They have realised they made a mistake when killing off Hershal so they had to include him in the finale but those scenes just slowed the episode down. Loved the scene with Rick killing the guy the way he did. Loved the tension before all 4 got into the tank. Rick’s last line was a bit of a letdown seen as it was building up to something more. However where are Carol and Tyresse?

    • Jimmy says:

      Agree about the flashbacks. However, I understand why they did it. It was to highlight the importance of Herschel (including his importance to the group) and Rick’s attempts to keep Carl as normal as possible, which is suppose to strengthen the scene where Carl is worried Rick will be upset that he doesn’t mind that they kill people.

      The show is awesome.

  10. Joel Romero says:

    It’s to bad the 2nd half of season 4 was a pretty big let down. The way the mid season ended was excellent. I know you have to leave a cliff hanger at the end of the season but the finale was pretty hyped up and besides the one scene when Rick went blood thirsty on that one guy (didn’t even show the whole scene because it’s on reg cable) it was a pretty yawner of a finale.

    • JD says:

      Would agree with you that the 2nd half of season 4 was a let down. It was a mistake dividing up all the characters, some episodes nothing happened and it took too long for them all to meet up again. Hopefully series 5 will be better.

      • Joe says:

        No, it wasn’t a mistake at all. The back 8 had the best character development of the series by far – which was very necessary for a a show with a decent-sized and diverse cast. That is really going to pay off big in the long run. It was also refreshing not being at 1 primary location for really the 1st time since season 1. Nice change up. Also like having a few unanswered questions dangling out there to build for the next season. The back 8 of season 4 was a big step forward – blew away the back halves of seasons 2 and 3 – and it nicely set the tone for season 5, when things will really start to pick up.

  11. joel says:

    Ive met the cast and wow they sure know how to act. Big fan of these guys WALKING DEAD ALL THE WAY!!! KEEP IT UP GUYS TY

  12. sharon dodd says:

    Love this show . Have watched the reruns over and over

  13. tony says:

    Skein does not mean what you think it means.

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