Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Carl Grimes Eats a Can of Pudding on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 9: “After”

Twenty-eight million people is basically the entire population of Venezuela. It's like Greece, Switzerland and Sweden combined. It’s also AMC’s estimate for the number of weekly viewers for The Walking Dead Season 4. Seriously, that many of us gathered as a family to watch Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) eat 112 ounces of pudding.

TWD's weekly ratings reports never went quite this high, but that’s the number The Hollywood Reporter shared when AMC factored in nearly 10 million more viewers from replays, On Demand, and TV Everywhere. That took it to 28 million from the 18.4 million viewers TWD already got from its original broadcasts' live-plus-7 day ratings.

But the 28 million still doesn’t even take into account piracy — it’s hard to really get an exact tally on how many people may have watched illegally — or international viewers. So the real weekly viewer number is even higher.

Game of Thrones was just bragging about averaging 18 million gross weekly viewers — including first-runs, encores, HBO GO and On Demand views. That’s great for HBO, and it’s not really fair to compare HBO’s set-up to AMC’s … but … [head pat] … they can sit down now. We have the throne.

How high do you think the numbers will go for TWD Season 5? Season 4 ended with a huge cliffhanger, so you have to imagine the S5 premiere numbers will include everyone who wants to see what happens next. That's apparently a lot of us. The ratings could be astronomical.

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October on AMC.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter