ByMatt Carter, writer at Creators.co
If the zombie apocalypse kicks off you'll find me in the Winchester
Matt Carter

We're now so used to reading about The Walking Dead's consistent record-breaking efforts that it takes a monumental achievement to amaze us.

Well, sit back and prepare to be amazed because what the Season 5 premiere has achieved is breathtaking.

Sunday night's episode was the highest rated in series' history, bringing in a staggering 17.3 million viewers, 11 million of which were the much-coveted 18-49 category.

This is a 7% increase over the previous record holder, the Season 4 premiere.

For the purposes of clarity, this is a visualisation of what The Walking Dead is doing to its competitors, with the boot representing the AMC zompocalypse drama and the smashed head representing everything else:

TWD is winning at everything
TWD is winning at everything

What's more, these record-breaking ratings are only for live-plus-same day stats. Last season the show averaged 28 million weekly viewers once encores, DVR and additional platforms were taken into account, so by my exact mathematical calculations, the Season 5 premiere was actually seen by every single person in the US. Twice.

And boy, were we served up a treat.

There was cold-blooded culling:

He dead
He dead

Sage advice

Word
Word

And MacGyver-style explosions

Big-bada-boom
Big-bada-boom

I can't wait to see what the next episode brings.

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(Source THR)

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