Last Night's Intense Finale for Season 5 of the Walking Dead didn't just slay some of it's characters, but the ratings as well.
According to preliminary Nielsen estimates, the 90-minute season-ender of “Walking Dead” averaged an 8.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.8 million viewers overall. That number is the Second highest rating the show has ever achieved, as it tied with the Season 4 opener, yet fell short of the Season 5 opening numbers(17.4 million viewers). Still for a show that has currently over 70 episodes, that's not too shabby of a number.
For the entirety of Season 5, "The Walking Dead" averaged a 7.3 ratings among the coveted 18-49 category and 14.2 million viewers in same night ratings. That's a almost 10% increase over the Previous season and almost 30% over Season 3.
5 Seasons in and it is still easily this year's No. 1-Rated entertainment series in the 18-49 category, averaging 2 million more viewers than ratings Juggernaut "The Voice" and 3 million more than FOX's newest hit show, "Empire". What's even more impressive about "The Walking Dead"'s Numbers is that AMC is available in about 20 million fewer homes than the Big Four Basic Cable Networks (ABC,CBS,FOX,NBC).
Following Last night's finale, It's follow up talk show "Talking Dead" with Guests Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride drew it's own new ratings record with a 3.9 in the 18-49 demo, with 7.5 million viewers overall. With Impressive numbers like that, it is no surprise that AMC had already greenlit a season 6 halfway through the airing of season 5 of "The Walking Dead".
Should these ratings continue for the next season of "The Walking Dead" and upcoming Spinoff "Fear the Walking Dead", it would be no surprise to see both shows on TV for years to come. (Note: AMC has already picked up "Fear the Walking Dead" for a 2 season order.)
What do you think of the continued success of the show and what do you love most about it?
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