Combined with Live+3, the season premiere for "The Walking Dead" season six topped off at 19.5 million viewers and held its spot as the #1 show on television. According to SuperHeroHype, the episode drew in 12.8 million adults 18-49 and 12.1 million adults 25-54 in live+3 ratings, which includes three days of time-shifted viewing. "The Walking Dead" is the first cable program to ever hold this position. Further, the premiere was the highest-rated for the 2015-2016 season among adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.
2014's "Walking Dead" season five premiere stands as the show's highest-watched episode, attracting 17.3 million total viewers and 11 million in the key 18-49 demo. The Image Comics-based series has been a ratings hit on AMC since first debuting in 2010, setting and breaking multiple records along the way.