Last night's mid-season premiere of "The Walking Dead" scored the highest television ratings in the series's three-season history. The episode, titled "The Suicide King," raked in a whopping 12.3 million viewers all told. This episode broke the show's previous ratings record, which was set by the season three premiere in October with 10.9 million viewers.
These ratings should come as no surprise, considering "The Walking Dead" has consistently been at the top of the television ratings all season.
Last night's episode was also the strongest telecast for a series in basic cable history for the coveted adult 18-49 demographic with 7.7 million viewers. Over its three broadcasts at 9 p.m., 11 p.m., and 2 a.m., the mid-season premiere delivered a total of 16.6 million viewers for the night.
AMC president Charlie Collier said of the record-breaking ratings:
"When you look at numbers like this, the first thing that comes to mind is how grateful we are to the fans of this show. They embrace ‘The Walking Dead’ in a way that we wanted to believe was possible but we never take for granted. The cast and crew put everything they have into making this show. They’re a phenomenally talented group who truly give their all. We congratulate everyone involved.”
"The Suicide King" welcomed fans back to the show after its mid-season hiatus began in December. It was a pivotal episode that spelled change for the group dynamic as well as their overall safety and relationship with the neighboring settlement of Woodbury.
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