AMC's blockbuster zombie drama 'The Walking Dead' returned for its fourth season on Sunday with the episode "30 Days Without an Accident." While the premiere episode introduced a deadly new threat to the survivors, things are looking optimistic for the show itself: the episode premiered to record-breaking ratings.
"30 Days Without an Accident" managed to attract 16.1 million viewers. That's significantly up from the Season 3 finale earlier this year, which had nabbed 12.42 million viewers (then a series high). Compare last night's 16.1 million to the show's third season premiere a year ago (10.87 million) and the difference is even more clear.
These numbers are insanely strong for a cable series, especially when you look at the episode's numbers in the key adults aged 18-49 demographic, in which it averaged 10.4 million viewers (an 8.3 rating). That makes 'The Walking Dead' the biggest show on cable, even managing to beat all network television series in that demographic. It even rated higher than 'Sunday Night Football.'
'The Walking Dead' seems like an unstoppable ratings juggernaut and it's not going away anytime soon.
It's the second big victory for AMC in the past few weeks, following the skyrocketing ratings for 'Breaking Bad' during that show's final episodes, with the show's finale reaching a series-high rating (by a long shot) of 10.28 million viewers.
Too bad AMC's 'Low Winter Sun' only managed to attract 0.63 million viewers with its most recent episodes. The network's oft-forgotten western series 'Hell on Wheels' just finished its third season with relatively steady ratings of 2.45 million -- almost exactly in line with the show's previous season, making AMC's least-talked about show its most reliably steady property.
What did you think of "30 Days Without an Accident"? Will you be tuning into 'The Walking Dead' next week?
'The Walking Dead's' next episode, "Infected," airs Sunday at 9/8c on AMC.