A new "Walking Dead" record was set as the zombie apocalypse series returned on Sunday night. According to EW.com on Feb. 11, the returning show brought in 12.3 million viewers with a 6.1 rating for adults 18-49.
What makes this new record even more impressive is the fact that "The Walking Dead" was going head-to-head with The Grammys and won big time.
Last Thursday, "American Idol" brought in 13.3 million viewers on a network broadcast. "The Walking Dead" is on a cable network that some homes don't even receive. The rating for that show was 4.1 for adults in the same age bracket as "The Walking Dead's" 6.2 rating. EW.com reported that this season's ratings for the zombie series are higher than "Modern Family" and "NCIS" - both shows on free television as well.
This doesn't even include the numbers for the encore episode, which raises the total viewers to 16.6 million.
The returning show saw Rick Grimes and company rush in to save their captured companions, as the eventual battle with The Governor looms. The episode also saw Daryl have to make the decision to stay with Erick or leave the group to head off with his brother Merle.
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