Ratings: Walking Dead Scales New Heights With Season 5 Premiere

The Walking Dead Season 5 Ratings

The Walking Dead is still alive and kicking.

Sunday’s Season 5 premiere — which garnered a rare “A” grade from TVLine readers — attracted a series-high 17.3 million viewers (11 million of which fell into the 18-49 bracket).

The show’s previous record was 16.1 million viewers (10.4 in 18-49) for the Season 4 premiere.

Last week, AMC renewed Walking Dead for a sixth season.

The Chris Hardwick-hosted aftershow Talking Dead also enjoyed record ratings, drawing 6.9 million viewers (4.5 million aged 18-49) at 10/9c.

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  1. wrstlgirl says:

    WOW!!! That’s amazing.

  2. Claire says:

    Excellent premier episode!

  3. cdhaskell says:

    I am glad that the show was a winner. I can’t wait to see what will happened in the second eposide.

  4. jenna says:

    proof that people still watch tv live when the quality is there!

  5. Eric7740 says:

    Seriously, what is it about this show??? I don’t understand the hype???

  6. B says:

    If you don’t understand the hype then you aren’t watching.

  7. why can’t OUAT get these numbers??? sigh

    • Tom says:

      Because they lost the writing magic that made the first season amazing. And yes, I still watch

    • wrstlgirl says:

      QUAT is no where near the greatness that is The Walking Dead. And yes, I too still watch.

      • Ram510 says:

        Walking Dead wishes they could tell a story as well as OUAT. The writers went and hyped up the first 6 minutes as being “the most intense ever” they were a good 6 minutes but that type of action is what they should’ve been doing all along. I can’t give you credit for finally, in your 5th season, putting together a scene where it’s not boring and people just staring off into no where. The show is solid but over hyped and I have no clue why. Scandal, Mad Men, and even Breaking Bad are much better. Anyhow I hope this season continues off of its solid start

        • wrstlgirl says:

          Well all I can say is I get bored a lot watching QUAT. TWD never.

        • Eric says:

          I’m sorry, but I just found it pretty laughable that you think OUAT is true quality television and that it tells a better story than TWD. I wish OUAT fans would get a grip. The show has never been amazing television. It was decent in the first season, but even then I found it incredibly hard to take seriously. To this day, I still can’t take Prince Charming seriously. The character is a walking joke. I also found it laughable that you said Scandal is better. Scandal was a good political procedural in S1, then turned into a political procedural/soap, S3 turned into Alias 2.0 (bad one at that)/full blown soap, and S4 so far has been boring. The writers of Scandal don’t even know what their own show is. Every season feels completely different from the next, which is NOT a good thing. It’s cliche after cliche with a bunch of nonsense “OMG moments” thrown in simply for shock value. And then to say “even Breaking is better much better” implies that Breaking Bad wasn’t amazing television. Breaking Bad is one of the best dramas that has ever graced television. Period. NOW, having said all that, do I think TWD is the best show in the world? Absolutely not. However, it does take the crown as one of the best currently on television. I just found it funny that you think OUAT is true quality and that it tells a story better. I can’t with that statement.

          • Spencer says:

            God bless you, Eric. OUAT has been going down the crapper since Season 2 episode 1 and has yet to climb it’s way back up and it’s just purely insane to even consider comparing it to TWD.

        • Brigid says:

          They actually tell a story a thousand times better. I watch both shows and NOTHING moves me like the stories on TWD. It’s all about human nature, how the survivors have to watch for the walkers but that humans can be even worse. The walkers are animals going on instinct to find food in order to survive. Humans are thinkers with consciences and yet more despicable. This group of people fight to keep their humanity and their family safe in an inhuman world. There is nothing like it on tv. This show has been good since day 1, and even the few episodes that have been a bit off are still better than anything I’ve seen on CBS in about 20 years and that network gets ridiculous ratings. Characterization, the human condition and an incredible story arc is what drives me to watch tv, not something ripped from real life that is resolved in an hours time.

  8. Amazing ratings for an amazing episode.This show just gets better and better.

  9. Wild child says:

    Wow! Most network shows aren’t even seeing these numbers. That’s amazing!

    • Gabriel Anthony says:

      NONE of the broadcast shows Have those ratings. Tbbt Drew 4.5 in the demo and it was the highest demo show on the week. And if I’m not wrong, twd beat NCIS on viewers, right?

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  11. sm says:

    I turned off The Talking Dead as soon as I realized Conan was on – can’t stand him.

    • wrstlgirl says:

      I suffered my way through it but only for TWD would I do that. Conan brought nothing to the table IMO. Can’t stand him either.

    • spartan says:

      Wow, really? I thought Conan killed it (though I’m not really a fan of his and some of his comic bits went on a little too long). He clearly was really into the show and knowledgeable about it. Really tired of the vapid celebs and B-listers they often have on the “Talking” couch, contributing nothing of interest.

  12. kristin says:

    You seem to have the following and the sponsors….could we get a 2 hour premier if we have to wait 7 months for a new series?

  13. angel says:

    I love it I hope it go all the way through for a long long long long time

  14. Jared says:

    Please don’t harass me for what I’m about to say, but I just don’t see what makes the show so “amazing”. Is it a very good show? Yes. But is it one of the best on TV? No.

    Just curious if anyone feels the same way…?

    And again, this is just my opinion. We all have a right to one. So please don’t everyone freak out.

    • wrstlgirl says:

      Just curious, what is your best/favorite show on TV? Mine is definitely TWD but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

    • Abby says:

      A show doesn’t have to be the “best” thing on TV by a wide margin to get such extremely good ratings. Besides, best is subjective. What this show does is entertain and enthrall viewers enough that they keep tuning in to find out what happens next and, evidently, manage to pull in more viewers as they go (perhaps the continued bump in ratings is younger viewers aging into the series when perhaps they were too young to watch it five years ago, considering their stranglehold on the 18-34 demographic.)

    • I think one reason is the stakes are so high. You can feel confident they’re not going to kill off a select handful of characters (Rick, Daryl, probably Carol at this point) but generally speaking, the bulk of the cast isn’t safe from one episode to the next.
      I also suspect it’s because a small part of us wonders what we would do in the same situation. At least I do; does that mean I have issues? Hmm. The show is about survival, which doesn’t only include killing zombies. Sometimes survival necessitates killing human beings and the show does its best to explore how that affects one’s humanity.

    • Paddy Simcox says:

      I would argue that it is one of the best shows on TV. Is it THE best? No. But, when you combine unique story telling with great acting and the feeling that nearly anything can happen it makes for appointment viewing. There are shows that I like more. I prefer watching Castle to The Walking Dead but, I don’t mind DVR’ing Castle because I basically know what is going to happen every episode. The same with Arrow and Person of Interest. I like those shows more than TWD however I DVR those and watch when I feel like it. TWD I watch live because of that anythng can happen vibe that makes me not want anything to be spoiled for me.

  15. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Last night’s episode was KICK ASS I always watch this show Live!

  16. Abby says:

    I legitimately didn’t think they could go higher than their previous record but I still adore the show so couldn’t be happier!

  17. azu says:

    Im so proud!!! And yet tbbt actors collect $1m per episode while Lincoln is paid only 90k. How unfair!!!

    • Nay says:

      I totally agree. While the production costs on The Walking Dead are probably astronomical compared to tbbt, as well as this show is doing and all the $$$ from TWD branded merchandising, they could at least bump Andy up to like $250k.

  18. hipster says:

    11 in demo? Wow. What was the last televised event to get that kind of demo numbers?

  19. shenaye says:

    Season starting off strong impatiently waiting for next episode.

  20. raftrap says:

    I’ve actively hated the last three seasons of the show. I still can’t believe how much fun the season 5 opener was, this episode deserved those numbers, I’m really glad the show came back with such strength. I’m hoping for a good season.

  21. jilas says:

    what is quat?

  22. relaxxx says:

    Even with its faults to me this is the
    Best show on tv. Gothom is second. I think its so successful from the hype of the comic books video games etc Hugh fandom, comic con’s, the actors r multi talented accessible n everyone works non stop to keep the fandom informed n engaged all year round. Good writing multicultral cast. It reps what this world truly is. Its not wonder bread ,vanilla or playing it safe n very basic. Its good stuff. Congrats to all involved especially Andrew Lincoln n Danai Gurira

  23. Jenna says:

    ‘If you build it, they will come.’ Live TV viewing is still alive and well when the right show is made…for the fans. Congrats to the show, cast and crew.

  24. Fran says:

    It’s the best rating for a tv serie premiere? i mean, in all time?

  25. Fran says:

    It’s the best rating for a premiere? i mean, in all time.

  26. alistaircrane says:

    Not surprised. Of course an episode with Carol kicking all kinds of ass is going to break records. :-D

  27. Pedro says:

    11 million in the Demo? Unreal. Congrats.