‘Walking Dead’ Season 4 finale draws 15.7 million viewers

By on March 31, 2014
SET OF "WALKING DEAD"
SET OF "WALKING DEAD"

Stuntwoman Elizabeth Davidovich plays a zombie on the set of “The Walking Dead,” the zombie series on AMC in June 2012. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Time/MCT)

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Sunday night’s Season 4 finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” walked away with big ratings, but not quite big enough for a series record.

The episode averaged 15.7 million viewers total, up 27 percent from the last episode of the third season, according to Nielsen. The episode pulled in 10.2 million viewers in the advertiser-desired 18- to 49-year-old demographic.

Still, it failed to surpass the season premiere in October, which delivered a whopping 16.1 million viewers, 10.4 million of whom were in the 18-49 category, marking the series’ best-ever numbers.

The 10 p.m. recap show “Talking Dead” scored a series record of 7.3 million viewers Sunday night.

“The Walking Dead” is cable’s highest-rated show, and its fourth season has been particularly strong, averaging 13.3 million viewers per episode and 8.6 million adults age 18 to 49. Total viewership is up 24 percent this season.

The series has routinely outdrawn its Sunday night broadcast competition and, in the 18-to-49 category, regularly beat prime-time coverage of the Winter Olympics.

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