Deadline.com reported that after a couple of weeks that saw a few ratings chomps taken out it, the biggest show on television has bitten back. The potentially game changing third episode of the sixth season of The Walking Dead drew 13.1 million total viewers on October 25 with 8.5 million among adults 18-49 for a 6.8 rating, according to Nielsen.
That’s an 8% rise in both its overall audience and the key demo for Sunday’s ‘Thank You’ episode from the October 18 airing of TWD. Unlike its Season 6 premiere, TWD won’t be beating Sunday Night Football this week among the 18-49s. In final nationals, the NBC and NFL game that saw the Carolina Panthers win 27-16 over the Philadelphia Eagles scored a 7.6 rating among the demo with 20.6 million viewers overall. In fast nationals, the SNF and TWD race was very close with the former snagging a 6.9 rating.
Compared to the third episode of Season 5 of the zombie apocalypse blockbuster, this week’s show was basically on par. The demo difference was a mere 3% dip from last year and 5% in total viewers from the 13.801 million the October 19, 2014 ‘Four Walls and a Roof’ show pulled in.
Having become accustomed to breaking ratings records and suffering stock declines because of the recent results, this week’s upticks will be a balm to AMC. Of course, the cabler really puts its bets on Live + 3 results for TWD. Which, with the cliffhanger of ‘Thank You’ and did he/didn’t he? death of Steven Yeun’s Glenn Rhee character, could see a surge greater than last week in delayed viewing – stay tuned.
An indication in the greater interest was displayed in the results for TWD aftershow Talking Dead this week. The Chris Hardwick-hosted series had 6.2 million total viewers with a very strong demo result of 3.9 million. That’s a 44% and 49% respective rise over last week’s show and the best TD has done this season so far – so really stay tuned.
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