The season six cliffhanger of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was definitely doozy because when it returned last Sunday night, the premiere of season 7 pulled in over 20 million viewers.
With these numbers, “The Walking Dead” was able to hold down the spot as the number one show on television for the fifth consecutive season. Even more so, the gold has rubbed off because the expanded 90-minute episode of “Talking Dead,” presented live from the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in front of 2,500 fans, became the highest-rated episode of that show ever as well.
According to the Nielson Ratings, “The Walking Dead” season seven premiere brought in approximately 20.8 million total viewers, 13.2 million adults 18-49 (a national rating of 10.3) and 13 million adults 25-54 (a national rating of 10.8), growth of 7 percent in total viewers from the season six premiere, 3 percent in adults 18-49 and 7 percent in adults 25-54. From the season six finale, the premiere grew 13 percent in total viewers, 14 percent in adults 18-49 and 11 percent in adults 25-54.
Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios said,
“When millions of fans come together at almost exactly the same time to share a story – a story elevated, that viewers anticipate and have time to let sink in and discuss, moments we collectively feel – it’s as good as television gets and a reminder of the power of weekly storytelling. This week, ‘The Walking Dead’ once again provided that for all of us. Rest in peace, Glenn and Abraham. You will never be forgotten.”