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.

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  1. Joey Padron says:

    Happy Haddie will be back on Parenthood’s finale episode!

  2. Tran says:

    Very happy to see Haddie back for the series finale of Parenthood. As for The McCarthys, having 15 episodes could spell cancellation and I have a feeling that The Odd Couple reboot should definitely fill the void in the 9:30 p.m. Thursday night time slot come mid-season 2015.

  3. Eric says:

    Well Haddie had BETTER be back for the finale! If the final episode doesn’t feature every single one of the Bravermans, even if only for a cameo, I will be upset. Even though Zeek is looking a little iffy at this point…

  4. Abby says:

    Isn’t that 3 million viewers under the Walking Dead’s ratings record?

  5. ewgynyu says:

    This show is not even on Network TV but has the biggest rating, right :? How is this possibly ?!

  6. just noticed says:

    Interesting that here… ‘The McCarthy’s’ story garners zero comments so far… yet on Deadline there are over 378 comments… seems like a spamming going on trying to make it seem like anyone actually cares.

  7. Read somewhere that the Dead producers were looking at making Jack Flannary’s novel Picking Up Strays into a new A/E series! That would be awesome love his book.

  8. R.O.B. says:

    “AMC has just announced and end date of the highly rated series The Walking Dead, which will complete its 36 season run in May of 2045.”

  9. KevyB says:

    “fan-favorite survivor” ROFL!!!