After breaking ratings records with its past few premieres, you had to wonder if The Walking Dead could keep one-upping itself. Apparently, the answer is yes.
The season-four premiere, “30 Days Without an Accident,” garnered a mind-boggling 16.1 million viewers, pulling in an insane 8.2 rating among adults 18-49 (the most coveted advertising demographic). It's the highest rating ever for the series. No wonder AMC is working on a spinoff.
For the sake of comparison, the season-four premiere is up almost 4 million from the season-three finale of 12.4 million viewers. The numbers maintain the series’ position as the most popular series in basic cable history, and puts it in top contention with leading network shows (i.e. NCIS, Sunday Night Football, The Big Bang Theory).
For a basic cable show, that’s insane. For a sci-fi show about zombies? Even crazier.
At this rate, and if new showrunner Scott Gimple can keep up the quality, this show could conceivably hit 18-20 million viewers by next season. Considering the absolute awesomeness of that supermarket showdown scene — which found the coolest way yet to stage a zombie attack — we wouldn’t bet against it.
Were you among the masses that checked out the season premiere? What’d you think?