This Sunday AMC aired the first episode for the new season of its number one television show “The Walking Dead.” The show, which is based on the massively popular comic book series from writer Robert Kirkman, held its fourth season premiere at 9 p.m. on Sunday to its highest ratings in the history of the show.
The season premiere brought in massive numbers of viewers, totaling 16.1 million, blowing out all previous AMC shows. This episode toppled previous records for “The Walking Dead,” which had 12.4 million viewers for its third season finale. AMC’s massive show “Breaking Bad” was also beaten, as it brought in only 10.4 million viewers for its series finale.
This success for “The Walking Dead” was a surprise to many TV critics as the behind the scenes show runner had once again been changed. Glen Mazzara, who took over the show in the middle of the second season, was forced out following the season three finale. Mazzara was replaced by series writer Scott Gimple.
“The Walking Dead” premiere is by far the most watched show on television this season and has topped the charts in the key demographics for prime time drama series.
In the highly regarded 18-49 years old demographic “The Walking Dead” has claimed the number one spot. It has increased its viewer numbers in that demographic from the finale of last season, going from 8.1 million to 16.1 million viewers for the start of its fourth season.
Needless to say AMC has cemented its place as a force to be reckoned with in the modern TV industry. With shows like “The Walking Dead,” “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men,” AMC has killed the notion that cable television cannot compete with network shows. The sky is the limit for AMC and their number one show “The Walking Dead.”