AMC's gore-tastic, zany zombiefest, The Walking Dead, has beaten the living daylights out of it's competition, according to TV rankings release for 2015.
The series averaged an astronomical 19.7 million viewers, leaving most of the competition dead in its tracks.
The show is currently in its sixth year and sixth season, which will continue in February 2016. See the mid-season trailer below:
According to Nielsen end of year ratings, the show was beaten by Sunday Night Football, The Big Bang Theory, and NCIS for actual viewing figures during the broadcast.
Although by archaic standards of people who sat down to watch original broadcasts, in the adjusted rankings, to incorporate views on catch up and the like, the show has come out on top.
What does absolute difference mean? I have absolutely no idea, but according to Nielsen:
Absolute difference between Live Person 2+ and Live+7 Projections. A program must reach at least a 1.0 live+7 P2+ rating and have at least 4 telecasts. Excludes breakouts, repeats, sustainers, specials, and programs less than 5 minutes in duration. Sample minimums applied.
Yeah, clears that one up.
In For a Tweet
According to the report, published in Variety, The Walking Dead has some seriously impressive accolades, including popularity in the much coveted, key demographic group of people aged 18-49.
Perhaps even more impressively, the show came out on top for its social media presence on Twitter. Each episode averaged an incredible 424,000 Tweets, which had an estimated reach of around 4 million people.
The show, which was first aired in 2010, was developed by Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, 1994) and is based on a comic book of the same name.
Set in a post apocalyptic world, the show's star, Andrew Lincoln, plays Sheriff Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to be faced by a world overrun by zombies.
The Top 10
The rest of the big hitters in regularly scheduled programmes are below: