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The Walking Dead Season 4 has been mega-successful in the ratings department thus far, but the standalone episodes for The Governor (David Morrissey) that aired last week and the week before both saw the ratings slip from previous episodes featuring Team Prison.

We knew going in that the Season 4 mid-season finale would almost certainly contain a face-off between Rick’s group and The Gov.’s new gaggle, but was the anticipation enough to bring back viewers lost in the previous two weeks?

Of course it was! The December 1 installment of The Walking Dead brought in 12.1 million viewers, up from the 11.2 million people who watched Season 4, Episode 7: “Dead Weight” last week. But as Entertainment Weekly points out, the more valuable information to take from this is that TWD viewership has been rising steadily year over year.

The mag notes that the 12.1 million people who tuned in last night is about a 15 percent rise in viewership over last December’s Season 3 mid-season finale. The first half of Season 4 has been averaging around 13 million viewers a week, up some 29 percent from the first half of last season. The AMC hit also averages a 6.1 rating among adults 18-49, which is incredibly strong.

However, EW points out that the percent gain Season 4 had over Season 3 is less than the percent gain they have seen in season’s past. In other words, the Season 3 winter finale was around 58 percent higher than the Season 2 halfway point, making the 15 percent increase year over year that we mentioned earlier seem much less impressive.

Still, we were big fans of the Season 4 mid-season finale, and we have a feeling plenty of people will tune in to see how now disbanded Team Prison is faring out on their own when the drama resumes with the Season 4 mid-season premiere on February 9.

Are you impressed by TWD’s Season 4 ratings so far? Tell us your thoughts below!

The Walking Dead Season 4 resumes on February 9, 2014, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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