To be honest, we’re not at all surprised that the Mach 30 Season 4 finale of The Walking Dead broke some records, but we’re still pleased to know that the AMC hit is a true force to be reckoned with. According to Variety, last night’s season ender, “A,” brought in a whopping 15.7 million viewers, making it TWD’s most watched season finale ever.
Despite tons of buzz, we should note that “A” failed to become the most watched hour of TWD of all time. Than honor still belongs to the Season 4 premiere, “30 Days Without an Accident”, which brought in 16.1 million viewers. And the second most watched ep was the Season 4 midseason premiere back in February, which garnered an impressive 15.76 million viewers.
Still, “A” was record-breaking in its own right and generated TWD’s best season finale numbers ever. Episode 16 marked a 17 percent week-to-week gain over Episode 15, and the viewership for the Season 4 finale was 26 percent bigger than that of the Season 3 ender last spring. Ep 16 also earned a very impressive 8.0 rating in the 18-49 demo.
What’s more? TWD’s dominance hardly stopped with the 9 p.m. hour. Talking Dead, which featured appearances by showrunner Scott Gimple and the inaugural appearance of Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) also scored record ratings with 7.3 million viewers and a 3.7 rating in adults 18-49.
We’re sure viewership will only continue to rise when Season 5 debuts in several months.
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The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.