The episode, "30 Days Without an Accident," grabbed 16.1 million sets of eyes, a series record, along with 10.4 million viewers in the key 18 to 49 demographic. With that, "The Walking Dead," a cable show, has become the highest rated show -- in all of TV -- thus far in the new season, in that coveted age group.
The show's prior records were set in the season three finale, which saw 12.4 million viewers overall and 8.1 million 18-49 viewers. That certainly bodes well for both the mid-season finale -- AMC splits the show's sixteen-episode season into two eight-episode halves -- and the season four finale.
AMC President Charlie Collier said,
Sincere thanks to the fans, who have welcomed "The Walking Dead" back for its fourth season with the highest-rated episode in the show’s history.
The post-episode chat show "The Talking Dead" also set a ratings record, with 5.1 million viewers, including 3.3 million in the key 18-49 demographic.