"The Walking Dead" Gets Ratings Bump Following Character Death

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for last night's episode of "The Walking Dead," "Thank You."

"The Walking Dead" saw almost an 8% increase in its ratings following last Sunday's episode "Thank You," where fan-favorite character Glenn (Steven Yeun) appeared to die. According to TheWrap, "The Walking Dead" tapped 13.1 million total viewers when it aired on Sunday. About 8.5 million million of those viewers belonged to the 18-49 demographic. All of these factors contributed to a 7% increase from last Sunday's episode.

Additionally, "The Talking Dead" -- which follows immediately after and rehashes the events with actors and producers -- also saw a ratings bump with a 44% increase, pulling in 6.2 million viewers. With 3.9 million viewers in between 18-49, the show got a 49% increase in that key demographic.

In the episode, Glenn was knocked off a dumpster after Nicholas committed suicide, falling into a swarm of walkers. The episode cut away just as Glenn began screaming and a burst of guts flew up into his face. As his actual death was not shown, fans speculate he may not be as finished as it seems, and showrunner Scott M. Gimple fueled that fire by saying, "In some way we will see Glenn -- some version of Glenn or parts of Glenn -- again. Either in flashback or the current story to help complete the story." Either way, Gimple says fans will learn Glenn's true fate before the first half of the season is up.

Based on the Image Comics series of the same name and created by Robert Kirkman, "The Walking Dead" airs Sundays at 9 pm EST on AMC.

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