HIGHEST-RATED MID-SEASON FINALE EPISODE IN SERIES HISTORY DELIVERS 14.8 MILLION VIEWERS AND 9.6 MILLION ADULTS 18-49
ACROSS THE FIRST EIGHT EPISODES OF THIS FIFTH SEASON, “THE WALKING DEAD” IS TELEVISION’S #1 SHOW AMONG ADULTS 18-49, AND HAS BEATEN SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL FIVE TIMES
“TALKING DEAD” AFTERSHOW ALSO DELIVERS HIGHEST-RATED MID-SEASON FINALE EPISODE IN SERIES HISTORY, WITH 6.6 MILLION VIEWERS AND 4.2 MILLION ADULTS 18-49
New York, NY – December 1, 2014 – AMC’s “The Walking Dead” ended the first half of its fifth season last night with a mid-season finale that delivered 14.8 million viewers and 9.6 million adults 18-49, up 23% and 24%, respectively, over last season’s corresponding episode. The first eight episodes to date versus “The Walking Dead” fall season of 2013 are up an average of 12% among all viewers and 13% among adults 18-49. “The Walking Dead” is the #1 show in all of television among adults 18-49, including the NFL, which had held top honors since 2007. In eight episodes so far this season, “The Walking Dead” has beaten Sunday Night Football five times in adults 18-49, live/same day, a winning percentage of .625 over pro football. The first eight episodes of “The Walking Dead” season five delivered an average of 14.6 million viewers and 9.5 million adults 18-49, outpacing everything else on television this season.
Also last night, the “Talking Dead” aftershow delivered the highest-rated mid-season finale in series history, with 6.6 million viewers and 4.2 million adults 18-49. Each week, “Talking Dead” features host Chris Hardwick and fans, actors, producers and other TV enthusiasts discussing that night’s “The Walking Dead” premiere. The mid-season finale featured Robert Kirkman, Emily Kinney (Beth) and Keegan-Michael Key.
“The audience-driven success of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Talking Dead’ (even before time-shifting) is remarkable, and something we never take for granted,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We hold in such high regard Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and all of our exceptional executive producers, cast and crew for their passionate efforts that led to television history for ‘The Walking Dead’ once again last night. Congratulations and ‘non-creepy hugs’ to Chris Hardwick and everyone associated with making ‘Talking Dead’ not only the #1 talk show on television, but one of the top 18-49 shows in all of television, period. Huge thanks to all of our great partners and, of course, to the fans who make it possible.”
Key Nielsen Highlights for the Season Five Mid-Season Finale of “The Walking Dead”
- 9 pm airing – 7.5 HH national rating with 14.8 million viewers
- 9 pm airing – 7.6 national rating with 9.6 million Adults 18-49
- 9 pm airing – 7.5 national rating with 9.0 million Adults 25-54
Key Nielsen Highlights (live/same day averages) for the First Eight Episodes of “The Walking Dead” Season Five (versus season 4A)
- 9 pm airing – 7.2 HH national rating (+7%)
- 9 pm airing – 14.6 million viewers (+12%)
- 9 pm airing – 9.5 million adults 18-49 (+13%)
Key Nielsen Highlights for the Season Four Mid-Season Finale of “Talking Dead”
- 10 pm airing – 3.4 HH national rating with 6.6 million viewers
- 10 pm airing – 3.3 national rating with 4.2 million Adults 18-49
- 10 pm airing – 3.4 national rating with 4.1 million Adults 25-54
Key Nielsen Highlights (live/same day averages) for the First Eight Episodes of “Talking Dead” Season Four (versus season 3A)
- 10 pm airing – 2.9 HH national rating (+21%)
- 10 pm airing – 5.6 million viewers (+24%)
- 10 pm airing – 3.6 million adults 18-49 (+21%)
Source: Nielsen Media Research fast nationals (US ratings), L+SD.
The season five mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead” dominated social media activity the day of broadcast, ranking first among all scripted programs in organic conversation volume and ListenFirst Media’s Digital Audience RatingTM. The mid-season finale telecast garnered nearly 1.1 million tweets and generated several trending hashtags for a significant period of time. A Twitter Q&A and live tweet with Norman Reedus helped drive this engagement with #AskNorman occupying the top trending topic leading into the Q&A and through the episode. Overall, engagement on Twitter increased threefold from last season’s mid-season finale. On Facebook, the day of premiere saw more than six million engaged users, an increase of 72% from last season’s mid-season finale.
“The Walking Dead” will return for the second half of its fifth season at 9 p.m. on Sunday, February 8.
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade, or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row with “Mad Men,” and six of the last seven with current back-to-back honoree, “Breaking Bad.” The network boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last two years with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s original drama series include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “Hell on Wheels,” “TURN: Washington’s Spies,” “Halt and Catch Fire” and the forthcoming “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul,” “Humans” and “Badlands.” AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like “Talking Dead” and “Comic Book Men.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.