Walking Dead Season 5 Finale Breaks Ratings Record!
Walking Dead Season 5 Finale Breaks Ratings Record!
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Walking Dead Season 5 Finale Breaks Ratings Record!


The Walking Dead capped off a stellar fifth season by breaking a ratings record with the finale, Season 5, Episode 16: “Conquer.” How many people watched and what record was broken? Read on to find out!

According to Deadline, an impressive 15.8 million people watched TWD’s 90-minute Season 5 finale, making it the show’s highest-rated season ender for the AMC hit to date. Even more impressive? 10.4 million people in the key 18-49 demo tuned in, earning “Conquer” an awesome 8.2 rating.

As we mentioned earlier, the season 5 finale is now TWD’s most watched finale, edging out last year’s Season 4 ender, which was the previous finale record holder with 15.7 million viewers and an 8.0 rating.

Deadline notes however, that despite setting a season finale record, “Conquer” is not the series’ most-watched episode. That honor still belongs to the Season 4 premiere, which was seen by a staggering 17.3 million viewers when it first premiered last October. Overall however, TWD Season 5 viewership was up 9% in the key demo over Season 4. Not bad, right?!

And how’s this for a comparison? Per Deadline, the Season 1 finale of FOX’s runaway hit Empire had 16.7 million total viewers and a 6.5 rating among the demo, but “it could not take down the Dead ender as the top rated non-sports or awards show on all of TV.” Since FOX is in 116 million homes nationwide whereas AMC is only in about 95 million, TWD’s reign is all the more special.

Are you surprised that TWD Season 5, Episode 16 broke a ratings record? Sound off below!

The Walking Dead Season 6 premieres this fall on AMC.

Source: Deadline