"Walking Dead" Season 5 Premiere's Final Ratings Set New Cable Record

After already slaughtering the competition -- including Sunday Night Football -- with record-setting ratings for its fifth season debut, "The Walking Dead's" numbers jumped even higher with the release of the Live + 3 numbers.

According to Deadline, the AMC drama's ratings increased by 29% and 32% in total viewers and the key demo of 18-49-year-olds, respectively.

Adding 5.086 viewers to its previous ratings number gives "The Walking Dead" a total viewership of 22.372 million for its fifth season premiere -- a number which makes it the most watched non-sports telecast in cable history, ever. Last season's debut topped out at 20.2 million viewers when the Live + 3 numbers were factored in.

Globally, the premiere saw a 45% audience increase over the Season 4 debut.

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