The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere Shatters Ratings Record — How Many People Watched? (VIDEO)
Scott Gimple and the rest of his team tried something new with last March’s Season 4 finale of The Walking Dead when they chose to end it with a cliffhanger, and that creative decision clearly paid off seeing as a record number of people tuned in to the Season 5 premiere on October 12. Just how many people watched Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his crew show those Termites who is really boss? Read on to find out!
Per TVLine, a record 17.3 million people caught Season 5, Episode 1: “No Sanctuary.” What’s more? An impressive 11 million of those overall viewers fell into the all-important 18-49 year old demo.
TWD’s previous viewership record was set just about a year ago with the Season 4 opener, which drew in 16.1 million of viewers, 10.4 million of which were in the 18-49 year old demo.
Given this latest record, we bet the bigwigs over at AMC are feeling pretty good about renewing the hit show for a sixth season last week before Season 5 even debuted. Not surprisingly, Scott Gimple will be staying on as showrunner at least through next season, so there’s a big chance even more viewership records will be shattered in the future.
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The Walking Dead Season 5 airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.