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REPORT: ‘Fuller House’ Pulled in a Bigger Audience Than ‘The Walking Dead’

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REPORT: ‘Fuller House’ Pulled in a Bigger Audience Than ‘The Walking Dead’

Move over, “The Walking Dead!” “Fuller House” may have just cinched a spot as one of the biggest — if not the biggest — shows of all time.

According to Indiewire, Symphony Advanced Media has calculated the total viewership of “Fuller House,” which is information Netflix refuses to share. Allegedly, the show  averaged 14.4 million viewers among adults 18-49 within its first 35 days of its premiere on February 26, which gives it a whopping 10.4 in the key demographic. In comparison, “The Walking Dead” scores an average rating of 9.6, “Sunday Night Football’s” 7.8 and “Empire’s” 6.6. Netflix’s “Making a Murder” also ranks high with a 9.7.

However, Netflix has gone on record to dismiss Symphony’s data in the past, and Symphony’s Live +35 data for Netflix differs from the broadcast and cable’s Live +3 or Live +7 ratings. What’s more, Netflix debuts all its episodes at once, where cable and broadcast includes week- to month-long gaps between episodes. If Symphony’s data proves true, though, “Fuller House” sits pretty as the #1 show among all TV series for the entire year so far.

Even though “Fuller House’s” viewership is difficult to pinpoint, there’s no denying the impact its debut had on network television. According to the report, “TV usage levels dropped 3% from the previous week, making it the lowest- tune-in for any Friday since the holidays.”

“Fuller House” — the followup to 1987’s “Full House” — stars Candace Cameron-Bure as D.J. Tanner-Fuller, a pregnant and recently widowed veterinarian with two young boys, rebellious 12-year-old J.D. (Michael Campion) and neurotic 7-year-old Max (Elias Harger). In an update of the original show’s premise, D.J.’s younger sister, aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin), B.F.F. Kimmy Gibler (Andrea Barber) and Kimmy’s teen daughter Ramona (Soni Bringas) move in to the San Francisco home to help take care of her growing family. A second season is currently in development at Netflix.

Original series stars John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin have recurring roles on the series. Marykate and Ashley Olsen — who played the youngest Tanner, Michelle — were noticeably absent from the first season.

Created by Jeff Franklin, who shepherded the Netflix sequel, “Full House” aired on ABC for eight seasons, from 1987 to 1995. It centered on a widowed Danny Tanner (Saget), who enlisted his best friend and his brother-in-law (Coulie and Stamos) to help him raise his three daughters.

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