The Walking Dead” is on a serious winning streak. This past Sunday AMC aired the show’s first season finale and viewers tuned in in droves. Over the course of the six episode run, each week the numbers have continued to show great improvement with the highest audience clocking in at 5.5 million viewers for the episode entitled “Wildfire.” That seemed like a great feat, that is until the finale earned a total of 6 million viewers!

According to a press release:

Sunday night’s finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” attracted four million viewers in the Adult 18-49 demo. With a series average of 3.5 million Adults 18-49, “The Walking Dead” is the most watched drama series in basic cable history for the demo.*  The finale was the most-watched episode of the season, garnering a 4.1 HH rating and attracting six million total viewers. The final episode ranks first for Adults 18-49 delivery among basic cable for a drama series.

*Source: NMR (1993-12/05/2010), Adults 18-49, program indicator general drama, ad supported cable networks.

Key Ratings Highlights for the finale of The Walking Dead:


  • 10pm airing – 4.1 HH rating with more than 6 million total viewers;
  • 10 pm, 11:00 pm and 1am airings – Gross audience to a 5.7 HH rating with 8.1 million total viewers;
  • Adults 18-49 – 4 million viewers;
  • Adults 25-54 – 3.5 million viewers.

Move over “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” it looks like the horror genre is stealing your thunder. Even though the show has become a commercial hit do you think it will be able to pull in the critical acclaim from the Emmys and the Golden Globes like its AMC peers?

What do you think of The Walking Dead’s numbers? Did you watch the finale?

Source: Collider