Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Rick Grimes and Michonne Build a Fire in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 16: “A”

The Walking Dead’s stellar Season 4 ratings are no secret and understandably make the suits over at AMC very happy, but exactly how do the post-apocalyptic drama’s record breaking numbers contribute to AMC’s overall success?

According to Reuters, TWD gave AMC quite the boost, giving the network’s quarterly revenue a very impressive 37 percent jump. This leap was apparently due to the fourth season finale of TWD, which was watched by some 15.7 million viewers.

So what does a 37 percent boost in quarterly revenue look like?

AMC’s net income rose to $71.4 million or 98 cents per share by the close of the first quarter which ended on March 31, just one day after the Season 4 finale. By comparison, last year’s quarter one revenue was only $61.5 million, or 84 cents a share.

AMC’s overall yearly revenue went from $382.0 million to $524.6 million, though not all of that is because of TWD. It turns out, AMC has some other decent shows on the air as well.

Season 5 of The Walking Dead just started filming on May 5, but we predict that we’ll be writing about another solid revenue increase in a years time!

Are you surprised that TWD made so much money for AMC? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.

Source: Reuters