Looks like the hordes of undead lovers are increasing at an ever expanding rate. Season 4 of AMC’s juggernaut, The Walking Dead, returned to television last night with its largest audience ever, blowing away its previous best by a huge margin. With 16.1 million total viewers and 10.4 million in adults 18-49 (numbers that will go up even more once repeat airings and DVR views are added in), the show even beat primetime football, along with everything else broadcast on television so far this season, in that all important demo. Last season’s finale and previous show high stood at 12.4 million total viewers and 8.1 million 18-49. That’s a significant increase for any show.
With such record-breaking numbers, the show is clearly proving to be more popular than ever, as more and more people get on the undead train. It truly has become a television and cultural phenomena, and one wonders how much higher the numbers can go. This also certainly bodes well for the upcoming announced spin-off show.
As for the actual episode itself, it was a gore-drenched, exciting, yet, character-driven story that sets up things to come. And we’ll have a more extensive review of the new season when things heat up after a couple more episodes. Stay tuned.