‘The Walking Dead’ Season 2 Premiere Sets Ratings Record

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am,

The Walking Dead Season 2 Premiere Ratings The Walking Dead Season 2 Premiere Sets Ratings Record

After nearly a year of fan anticipation and anxiety about some drastic behind-the-scenes shakeups, The Walking Dead returned to the airwaves last night with a 90-minute season 2 premiere event.

Fans are still dropping their love/hate opinions in our Walking Dead season 2 premiere review; however, while the debate rages on about whether the season opener for AMC’s horror/drama was dynamite or just a dud, one thing is certain: from a ratings standpoint, The Walking Dead is an overwhelming success.

AMC certainly has a lot to celebrate this morning: the season 2 premiere of Walking Dead snagged 7.3 million viewers, with an estimated 11 million viewers if you count the encore presentation. No telling what the number will be if/when more DVR recordings are factored in. Those numbers – which are virtually unheard of for a basic cable TV series – are a nearly 40% boost on the Season 1 premiere ratings from Halloween of last year, and a slight increase on the 6 million viewers who tuned in for the season 1 finale.

Even more impressive: The Walking Dead premiere scored 4.8 million viewers among the coveted 18-49 adult demographic, making it the new basic cable ratings record-holder for that demographic. Given the amount of ads that ran during the 90-minute premiere (about 30 mins worth) this has got to be good news for AMC, as that ad revenue will land right in the network’s pocket (Walking Dead is the only show they produce totally in-house).

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"If only WE could get that many viewers..."

Of course, as much of a fan as I am (and, apparently, a lot of you are) of The Walking Dead, it is somewhat vexing that other – arguably superior – AMC shows like Breaking Bad don’t get this much ratings love, which would inevitably save it from a lot of the current budgetary issues AMC is facing. Still, you have to pick your battles, and having The Walking Dead produce these kinds of ratings goes a long way to ensuring that at least this program will stay on the air a bit longer.

But will viewers stick by the show all season – especially after the half-way point, when the presence of fired showrunner Frank Darabont is no longer felt? Just one of the many questions Rick Grimes and Co. are facing in their sophomore season.

You can catch The Walking Dead Sundays @ 9/8c on AMC

Source: EW

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  1. Well I love this show since watching season 1 last year VINTAGE PERFECT ALL THE WAY….. & last night of TWD season 2 PERFECT… all I’m gonna say is I’m sticking around with the walking dead all the way 100%

  2. it was expected…it is a great show

  3. I thought they were totally going to have the Shane scene that should have happened last season when Carl and Rick were left with him. This is pretty much my only gripe about the show. Glad it did well, maybe they won’t screw with the budget for Season 3!

  4. hell yeah!!! lets hope it gets this good ratings all season =)) cant wait till next sunday night =))))

  5. I saw Breaking Bad mentioned. I just watched (Netflix) the first episode last night.

    Cranston is great. However the filler characters (in what little parts they were in) were shallow.

    I will continue to watch it however it is a show that is supposed to be real (unlike Walking Dead… ok it COULD happen… ;) ) so when a husband passes out at his part time job and his wife does not find out or a calvacade of fire trucks passes an RV off the road in a ditch with a man standing nearby in his underwear and nothing happens…. well I go wha?

    Watched that instead of the WD I recorded from Monday… :D

    • I catched up to Breaking Bad also via Netflix and I have to say I don’t regret it Aknot! And don’t worry about the rest of the characters they get their time later on and trust me most of them are fully developed ;)

      You’ll come to love and hate them all through the rest of the episodes. :D

      • I absolutely loved Breaking Bad. Especially the third season’s finale. It literally made my jaw dropped.

  6. And still they are cutting the shows budget? If the point is to get as many viewers as possible to tune into YOUR station for a period of time (AND they did it) then WHY would you cut funding? Baffling. Guess I don’t have the savvy to understand the finer points of TV politics.

    • More money in the TV stations pockets. Greed…. it hurts us all. :(