AMC Makes HOW Much on The Walking Dead?
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AMC Makes HOW Much on The Walking Dead?

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With more than 16 million viewers for the Season 4 premiere (and nearly 14 million viewers for Episode 2) it should come as no surprise that The Walking Dead is a cash cow for its home network, AMC. In fact, the zombie drama has been so successful that AMC is able to charge a whopping $326,000 for a 30-second commercial during the jam-packed hour each Sunday night from 9-10 p.m. ET.

Per Variety, this hefty price tag makes TWD the most expensive scripted show for advertisers looking to buy some airtime. The AMC hit is directly behind Sunday Night Football, which charges $628,000 for a 30-second spot, and Monday Night Football, which demands $408,000 for the same amount of time. The only scripted show to come close to TWD’s astronomical rate is The Big Bang Theory. The CBS comedy charges $317,160 per 30-second spot, which still puts it nearly $10K lower than TWD’s asking price.

For those of you who aren’t great at math (like us!) at a rate of $326,000 for each 30-second commercial, AMC makes around $11 million per TWD episode, assuming there are 18 minutes worth of commercials, as is often the case with one-hour dramas.

And while the $2.75 million that AMC spends on each episode of TWD according to The Hollywood Reporter may seem lofty, it’s nothing when you consider that the network is pocketing upwards of $8 million a week!

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The Walking Dead Season 4 airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter