The Walking Dead continues to smash its cable and network television competition into the dust. It returned from its three-month hiatus last Sunday and promptly brought in 12.3 million undead-hungry viewers, according to Deadline. This was a new record for the record-breaking Season 3, which had previously garnered 10.9 million viewers for its October premiere and 10.5 million viewers for the mid-season finale.
When you factor in the 9pm premiere and 11pm, midnight and 2am encores, last Sunday's episode brought in 16.6 million viewers in total, despite "The Suicide King" being a relatively poor episode in my opinion. It goes to show that zombies getting shot in the face will always draw a decent audience.
If you are in any doubt as to what The Walking Dead is doing to the competition, check out the image below. To spell it out in simple terms, the boot is AMC's hit zombie show, while the head getting smashed is every other show on television:
It's not particularly subtle, but it gets the point across quite well.
The Walking Dead returns Sunday, 9/8c on AMC.
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