TVLine Items: Walking Dead Finale's Huge Ratings, Extra McCarthys & More

The Walking Dead may have bid farewell to a fan-favorite survivor on Sunday, but it also said hello to a record-breaking number of viewers.

The midseason finale nabbed 14.8 million viewers, including 9.6 million adults 18-49, according to AMC, which is up 23 and 24 percent respectively from last season’s corresponding episode.

Additionally, the Talking Dead aftershow was watched by 6.6 million viewers, including 4.2 million adults 18-49, which is the highest-rated installment to date.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Idris Elba (Luther) is set to star in Discovery’s The Idris Elba Project, a six-part reality series premiering in 2015. Per the show’s description, viewers will watch Elba push “his body, mind and engineering know-how to the limit by racing on land, water and in the air.”

* CBS has ordered two additional scripts for The McCarthys, our sister site Deadline reports bringing the freshman comedy’s Season 1 total to 15 episodes.

* Sarah Ramos, aka Haddie Braverman, will return for Parenthood‘s series finale, BuzzFeed is reporting.