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'The Walking Dead' Season 4 Ratings Drop for Second Episode but Remain Strong


Steven Yeun in The Walking Dead

The walkers might be claiming more numbers on AMC's 'The Walking Dead,' but the zombie drama isn't gaining any more viewers. Sunday night's episode of the series, "Infected," managed to gather 13.9 million viewers.

That's down from the Season 4 premiere episode's impressive 16.11 million viewers, but it's by no means weak; "Infected" was still the show's second-highest rated episode to date, despite the drop of around 2.2 million viewers. 

In the ever-important 18-49 age bracket, the series got a rating of 6.1 -- down from last week's 8.3. 

It's never surprising to see a dip in ratings with a season's second episode, especially when the premiere's ratings are record-shattering. Though the show surprisingly triumphed over Sunday Night Football last week, sports trampled zombies this week -- 'The Walking Dead' was the second-highest program of the night. Football triumphed in that key 18-49 demographic with a 10.0 rating. 

But with still-fantastic ratings and critics still enjoying the fourth season, it appears that 'The Walking Dead' might be poised for its most successful season yet. It's certainly the highest-rated season of any original programming for AMC so far. It will be interesting to see how (and if) the series retains its audience over the year's remaining episodes. 

What did you think of 'The Walking Dead's' episode last night? Were you one of the 13.9 million who tuned in, or were you one of the 2.2 million who dropped out? 

'The Walking Dead' will air its next episode, "Isolation," Sunday at 9/8c on AMC. 


- Scott M. Gimple
- The Walking Dead
- amc

Written by: mcpherson
Oct 21st, 2013, 1:15 pm

Images courtesy of AMC

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