177TH EPISODE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SERIES IN CABLE HISTORY SEES SIGNIFICANT VIEWERSHIP SPIKES IN TOTAL VIEWERS AND BOTH KEY DEMOS ON AMC
AMC NETWORKS WILL CONTINUE THE FRANCHISE WITH CURRENT SERIES FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AND NEW SPINOFFS FOCUSED ON POPULAR CHARACTERS MAGGIE, NEGAN, DARYL, RICK AND MICHONNE
NEW YORK, NY, November 28, 2022 – The series finale of The Walking Dead on Sunday, November 20 is now the most watched episode of television in the history of AMC+, and drove the highest single day of viewership ever on the platform. The 90-minute finale episode also saw significant viewership spikes on AMC from previous episodes as well. The Walking Dead continued its run as a top two cable drama in both key demos for the 13th consecutive year through its season 11 finale.
In Nielsen live+3 ratings, the series finale averaged 3.1 million viewers, up 36 percent from the previous episode, 1.5 million adults 25-54, up 53 percent from the previous episode, and 1.2 million adults 18-49, up 75 percent from the previous episode.
The special live 90-minute episode of Talking Dead, held in the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles as part of a fan screening event, delivered 1.3 million viewers in Nielsen live+3 ratings, up 138 percent from the previous episode, the highest-rated episode of Talking Dead since season 10.
“What a great conclusion to the ‘zombie show’ that kicked off on Halloween night in 2010 and went on to become the most successful series in the history of cable television,” said Dan McDermott, AMC’s president of entertainment and AMC Studios. “To celebrate this extraordinary series for more than three hours at a live event with thousands of the fans who have driven this series since the beginning was a perfect way to end the flagship series while, at the same time, sharing our collective excitement for the stories and worlds yet to be explored in this growing and vibrant franchise.”
Upcoming series in The Walking Dead Universe include the 8th season of Fear the Walking Dead and new spinoff series The Walking Dead: Dead City starring Lauren Cohan as Maggie and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon starring Norman Reedus and a third series starring Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln as Michonne and Rick.
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