'The Walking Dead' Pummels the Competition in Ratings War
The Walking Dead returned on Sunday night for its season 7 premiere, and a huge seventeen million viewers sat in to experience a pretty torturous hour of television. Proving that, for all its detractors, that cliffhanger worked.
This comes close but not quite on the marker set by the season 5 premiere in 2014, which saw 17.2 million tune in. In my opinion, that season 4 closer was a hell of a lot stronger, and the subsequent season 5 opener was worth the wait.
Season 7's premiere is more than double the numbers set by Empire's third season premiere, which sits second on the list. Viewership rose 16 percent from the season 6 premiere and 20 percent from the finale.
Talking Dead, naturally, saw a boost thanks to the enormous numbers pulled in from the former, and saw 7.6 million viewers tune in. It will, however, be interesting to see the numbers for episode 2 of the main series.