ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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Jancy Richardson

#TheWalkingDead just resumed its regularly scheduled shit storm (to use an Abraham-ism) and, after six months of waiting, the Season 7 premiere could not have been a bigger success. Beating Sunday Night Football, The Big Bang Theory and Empire, whatever you thought of the episode as entertainment, there's no arguing with the numbers:

  • Viewers: 17.03 million
  • Adults 18-49 rating: 8.4

This is the big shocker that everybody tuned in for:

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Even the Walking Dead Season 6 finale fell short of the Season 7 premiere, although it had impressive numbers:

  • Viewers: 14.19 million
  • Adults 18-49 rating: 6.9

The Season 7 premiere only fell slightly short of besting the most successful Walking Dead episode ever: the Season 5 premiere:

  • Viewers: 17.29 million
  • Adults 18-49 rating: 8.7

Not everybody who saw the episode was happy, of course: the Parents TV Council unsurprisingly got their undies in a twist about the Season 7 premiere, calling it "one of the most graphically violent shows we’ve ever seen on television, comparable to the most violent of programs found on premium cable networks," which was a major part of the reason that most people liked it. It's a story about a brutal post-apocalyptic world, guys. Sorry it's not all sunshine and daisies!

Will the first episode of The Walking Dead Season 7 be the most shocking episode ever or can we expect more devastation?

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Was the 'Walking Dead' Season 7 premiere the most brutal episode ever?

[All images: AMC. Stats: TV By The Numbers]