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"Walking Dead" Ratings Down From Last Season's Premiere, Still Impressive

This past Sunday's season six premiere of "The Walking Dead" didn't attract quite the audience of last year's season five premiere, but rest assured: The show is still quite popular. Deadline reports that the season premiere attracted 14.6 million viewers (9.4 million in the 18-49 demographic and a 7.43 Nielsen rating), which is down from both the season five and season four debuts -- but still the third-highest watched "Walking Dead" season premiere in the show's history.

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 season six premiere bested competitor "Sunday Night Football" on NBC in the 18-49 demographic, though the New York Giants' victory over the San Francisco 49ers came ahead in total viewers with 16.13 million.

It's important to note the numbers from this past Sunday don't yet include the Live + 3 figures including DVR viewers, which will boost the "Walking Dead" total audience. 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.

"The Walking Dead" airs 9 p.m. Sundays on AMC.

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