‘The Walking Dead’ Midseason Finale Draws 12.1 Million Viewers

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The Walking Dead The Governor in Too Far Gone The Walking Dead Midseason Finale Draws 12.1 Million Viewers

The midseason finale of The Walking Dead featured a showdown between Rick’s people and the Governor’s people, and not many fans of the show were likely to miss it given how high the stakes were. For a season and a half the survivors had gone about making the prison their home, and “Too Far Gone” was clearly set up as the episode that would decide whether the prison residents would stay or go – and live or die.

We won’t spoil what happened for the readers who haven’t seen it yet, but based on the ratings it looks like there weren’t many fans who missed out on the midseason finale. Season 4′s premiere scored 16.1 million viewers and most of them have stuck around, with 12.1 million tuning in for “Too Far Gone.” That includes 7.7 million adults in the important 18-49 age range and leaves The Walking Dead still at the top as the number one most viewed show on television, as well as the #1 cable show of all time. Meanwhile, tie-in talk show The Talking Dead set a new record with 6 million viewers sticking around to watch after “Too Far Gone” finished.

AMC’s unstoppable zombie drama was renewed for a fifth season just a few episodes into its fourth, to the surprise of no one. AMC Networks CEO Josh Kaplan has expressed a belief that The Walking Dead will still be going strong in 2022, and right now such a thing seems possible. Now that the dust from the original breakout of the infection has cleared, the world of The Walking Dead has reached something of a status quo, with many of the most resourceful members of the severely depleted human population holed up in secured settlements. It’s a dangerous world, but not an apocalyptic one, and there’s a lot of mileage in that.

The Walking Dead Rick and Daryl The Walking Dead Midseason Finale Draws 12.1 Million Viewers

The narrative of The Walking Dead exists in more than one medium, of course. Issue #118 of the comic book series is out later this month, and TellTale Games today released a new image from the second season of the episodic Walking Dead video game, in which Hershel and Glenn have already made appearances. The multiple different narratives that have sprung from Kirkman’s core concept no doubt play off each other well, with fans of the comic books, the show and the video games all compelled to explore other versions of The Walking Dead, and this may well be a key component of the franchise’s continued success.

There’s now a midseason hiatus until The Walking Dead returns in February, during which the show could pick up even more viewers among people who are still getting caught up. Considering how far the show has come since the not-inconsiderable 5.35 million viewers who tuned in for the pilot, The Walking Dead may wind up breaking its own record in the episodes to come.


The Walking Dead returns to AMC on February 9th, 2014.

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  1. I bet an episode of the show will hit the 20 million viewers mark in ratings one day, even if it’s not until the series finale (which hopefully will be a long, long, way down the line). Anyway, last night’s episode was awesome, this show continues to amaze. It’s going to be really interesting to see the characters out in in the while again as opposed to the “safety” of the prison. They still never told who fed the walkers those rats. Something tells me it wasn’t The Governor himself, so I think it was either Lizzie or Bob Stokey. Hopefully that will come to light during the season’s second half. It’s not like the writers to just leave plot threads unresolved like that.

    • Scott M. Gimple – the current showrunner – said they will find out about the rats, but he never said when. I also agree, Sunday’s episode was incredible, and it’s surprising how each Season has managed to become more and more action packed and amazing. I do not see how this show can get much better, honestly, but I hope it does. I agree with Lizzie and Bob Stokey being the two key suspects, for we haven’t learned much from Bob and Lizzie seems in awe over the zombie lifeform.

  2. Season 1: Amazing
    Season 2: Dipped in quality, became fairly boring
    Season 3: Dip in quality continued, episodically boring
    Season 4: On par with season (So, amazing)

    • Meant to say “On par with season 1″

      • C’mon. As bad as season three was, it was in no way worse than season 2.

        • The second half of season 3 was far worse than 2 in my opinion.

      • i think you meant to say “season 4, as boring as ever”

  3. I can understand if people don’t like this season as a whole, even though many believe it’s as good as season 1, me being one of those that believe that; but if you don’t believe last night’s mid-season finale was one of the best this show has given us, then you are wrong. That’s the first episode where I really didn’t know who would live or die (yes that included Rick). It was intense and emotional and it made me love the acting chops of Andrew Lincoln even more.

  4. Almost all the episodes of 4 were pretty boring. The governor episodes were the best and it is a shame they killed off the best actor in the show.

  5. The show is good. Not OMG good, but good. I don’t get what all the fuss is about.

    In 3/4 of the episodes in every season, literally nothing happens. I still like it for the characters and setting and potential though!

  6. Is this rating based on Sunday shows or overall?

  7. i wonder what the numbers are in Canada, it seems eveyone i talk to doesn’t watch this show

  8. “I f&%#ed Ted…” Walking Dead isn’t Breaking Bad, but it certainly is entertaining… Lots of gripes about the show… I say AMC has really made their mark of late.

  9. Granted, I finally stopped watching this abortion 2 episodes ago, because I was bored to tears, and with every episode I hate it more and more, and it feels like I’m watching more out of a sense of displaced loyalty. I wish we could just reboot with a whole new cast, Daryl and Glenn are the ONLY good characters, every other person I want to feed to the zombies myself. There are at least 15 better dramas on right now, and it baffles my mind why people flip over this show. IT’S SO BORING!!!!

  10. and this season has felt the worst, to me.

  11. I agree with gifi4, this season has felt on par with the first, to me.

  12. Governor finally died.

  13. It would have higher viewers if they did not post on Facebook who was killed off. Luckily I live on the East Coast and knew who died. But I saw many people from the West Coast post angry comments that they a picture of who died was posted on their wall. That might have lost them some viewers.