The latest news from the world of The Walking Dead shouldn't be all that surprising given the ratings and social media craze surrounding the show on a weekly basis. So yeah, the news that The Walking Dead has been picked up for a seventh season is obvious, but take a look at some of these insane numbers that prove this show is a money maker for sponsors as well as the production team and those involved with actually making it.
The October 25th episode of The Walking Dead delivered 18.2 million viewers, 12 million adults 18-49 and 11.5 million adults 25-54 in live+3 ratings, which include three days of time-shifted viewing – each growing compared to last season’s corresponding Episode #503.
And check out these Nielsen Ratings for the most recent episode...
Key Nielsen Highlights for October 25th Episode #603 of The Walking Dead (Live+3)
18.2 million viewers, up 39% from live/same day (an increase of 5.1 million viewers)
12.0 million adults 18-49 (national rating of 9.5), up 42% from live/same day (an increase of 3.5 million adults 18-49)
11.5 million adults 25-54, up 41% from live/same day (an increase of 3.3 million adults 25-54)
Even 'Talking Dead', Chris Hardwick's explanatory post-show is doing crazy numbers...
Key Nielsen Highlights for October 25th Episode of “Talking Dead” (Live+3)
7.3 million viewers, up 18% from live/same day (an increase of 1.1 million viewers)
4.6 million adults 18-49 (national rating of 3.6), up 17% from live/same day (an increase of 673,000 adults 18-49)
4.7 million adults 25-54, up 18% from live/same day (an increase of 699,000 adults 25-54)
Here's what Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios had to say about the announcement:
“Thank goodness someone had a Magic 8-Ball with them in our many long internal meetings about these renewals. When, on the third shake, ‘without a doubt’ filled the murky blue screen, we knew we had to proceed with new seasons of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Talking Dead. All joking aside, we are so proud to share these shows with fans who have been so passionate, communicative and engaged. We are grateful for and continually impressed by the talent, effort and excellence on continuous display by Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Chris Hardwick and the many people with whom we partner to make these unique shows possible. The result: More Walking and Talking. Hooray.”
824k followers, not bad.
The show has drawn nearly 20 million social engagements between premiere week and episode 3 and ranking as the #1 most engaging drama. Since last year's premiere, it gained 5.5 million new fans. The show is clearly here to stay. I wouldn't be surprised if it borderline wears out its welcome and goes on for too long.
But I'm fairly certain it will end at the right time. Like its fellow AMC hit shows Breaking Bad and Mad Men, I think it will bow out at the right time with a proper ending.
I just can't wait to see what they do!
Check out this sneak peek of the next episode from the current season, Season 6.