While fans of "The Walking Dead" are still reeling from last night's shocking midseason finale episode, execs over at AMC are most likely feeling decidedly more upbeat. The Hollywood Reporter has announced the ratings from last night's episode, titled "Coda," and they continue this season's trend of giant-sized ratings.
"The Walking Dead's" midseason finale was watched by 14.8 million viewers, increasing 23 percent from last year's midseason finale. Additionally, the AMC series was watched by 9.6 million adults in the coveted 18-49 age range, which marks a 24 percent improvement compared to the episode aired last Thanksgiving weekend. While those numbers didn't break any records previously broken by the zombie drama, they're still impressive.
"The Walking Dead" has turned into a ratings juggernaut for AMC in its fifth season; the premiere marked the most-watched episode of the series ever and beat the previously unbeatable "Sunday Night Football" in the 18-49 demo. After factoring in three days of DVR numbers, the show's season five premiere's ratings climbed to 22.37 million viewers. The show then continued dominating over "Sunday Night Football," winning the night in the key demo for three straight weeks.
"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on February 8, 2015.