After HBO’s fantasy hit “Game of Thrones” made headlines for capturing the cable network’s biggest audience ever, it appears AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is showing some reanimation in its own ratings.
The Hollywood Reporter has a piece up that sets the full weekly viewership for the zombie drama based on Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard’s Image/Skybound comic series around 28 million. Of course, those numbers are based on a combined viewership across the week an episode airs, which includes DVR delaying fans as well as network repeats. Still, compared to “Thrones'” claim of over 18 million viewers a week as it nears the end of its fourth season (a number which surpasses previous HBO ratings champ “The Sopranos”), “The Walking Dead” appears to be the clear dominant force in prestige genre television these days.
Early reports across “Dead’s” fourth season put regular live viewing numbers anywhere from 10 million to 12.1 million depending on a given night’s competition which often included ratings blockbusters like “Sunday Night Football” and the Winter Olympics. “The Walking Dead” was renewed for a fifth season earlier this year while “Game of Thrones'” producers have hinted at a seven-season plan for the series.