‘The Walking Dead’ midseason finale draws 10.5 million, beats broadcast networks

By Daniel S Levine,

The Walking Dead is a ratings juggernaut. The show’s midseason finale drew an astounding 10.5 million viewers Sunday night on AMC, beating everything on the major broadcast networks except football.

According to The New York Times, the episode also drew a 5.3 18-49 rating, which is better than what hit network shows like The big Bang Theory and Modern Family average each week.

The Walking Dead drew 10.5 million viewers, which easily beat everything on the broadcast networks except NBC’s Sunday Night Football coverage, notes The Wrap.

Back in October, its third season premiere drew a record 10.9 million viewers and a 5.8 18-49 rating.

AMC boasted that the show’s first eight episodes of season three have averaged a 5.32 18-49 rating, better than any other show on TV right now other than SNF.

“Representing both the studio and the network as AMC does on this project, I speak for so many when I say 'thank you' and congratulations to everyone involved,” AMC President Charlie Collier said. “The records that The Walking Dead shattered today represent an enormous achievement of which we are so proud.”

The Walking Dead doesn’t return until Feb. 10. You can check out our recap for Sunday’s episode here.



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