Season 6 of The Walking Dead premiered over the weekend, and the episode, titled 'First Time Again,' broke records for the most walkers seen in an episode, with over 2,000 of the fleshy, bone-bags stumbling around. But, while it managed to smash that particular show record, it failed to bring in a record breaking audience.
According to Nielsen, the Season 6 premiere, 'First Time Again,' averaged a massive 14.6 million total views and a 7.43 rating among those aged 18-49. But while those numbers are impressive, they're actually down from the Season 5 premiere. The Season 5 premiere, 'No Sanctuary,' broke records when it pulled in a massive 17.3 million viewers, with an 8.65 rating. But while the Season 6 premiere wasn't smashing any records, it was still Sunday night's number 1 program, beating out NFL football for the honor. AMC has yet to release the results from the delayed viewings.
The Season 6 premiere marks the first time that the series hasn't managed to beat out the previous season's premiere episode numbers, though it was always going to be a big task to beat the 17.3 million Season 5 premiere. Back in 2010, the series debuted to 5.35 million viewers; in 2011, 7.26 million tuned in for the Season 2 premiere; and in 2012, it was 10.87 million. The debut of the fourth season managed an enormous jump to bring in 16.11 million, before Season 5's 17.29 million.
Episode 2 of The Walking Dead Season 6 "JSS" will air on Sunday, October 18th on AMC.
Source: Entertainment Weekly