'The Walking Dead' beats the Winter Olympics in ratings

By Chelsea Lewis ,

AMC's zombie drama, The Walking Dead mid-season finale broke records; and the return to the airwaves had more viewers in the coveted demographic than the Winter Olympics. The Olympics still was tops in terms of total viewers.

The Walking Dead mid-season premiere had an average of 15.8 million viewers this past Sunday, Entertainment Weekly reported.

The cable show also had an incredible 8.2 rating amongst adults 18 to 49. The Winter Olympics which are currently airing on NBC only had a rating of 6.9 in the demo.

Deadline added that Walking Dead also took over social media and was the most talked about television show on Twitter during the premiere.

AMC saw a large increase from last year's season premiere, this was a 28 percent increase. Charlie Collier, AMC president spoke about the excitement that the network has for The Walking Dead. "With a number of high-profile choices on television last night, for The Walking Dead to deliver record ratings is remarkable. Thanks to the fans, who have been so supportive of this show in so many ways. We share your passion for this world. Chocolate pudding for all!" said Collier.

Talking Dead which is the after show for Walking Dead had 5.9 million viewers. This was the largest premiere for Chris Hardwick's show.

Image: AMC



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