AMC’s The Walking Dead Returns with Highest-Rated Episode in Series History, 16.1 Million Viewers and 10.4 Million Adults 18

  AMC’s The Walking Dead Returns with Highest-Rated Episode in Series History,
  16.1 Million Viewers and 10.4 Million Adults 18-49

   Premiere Ratings Confirm The Walking Dead Continues to Be the #1 Show on
              Television across All Cable and Broadcast Networks

  Last Night’s Premiere of The Walking Dead is the #1 Telecast among Adults
                 18-49 This Broadcast Season Including Sports

Talking Dead Aftershow Also Hits Premiere High, with 5.1 Million Total Viewers
                         and 3.3 Million Adults 18-49

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- October 14, 2013

AMC’s The Walking Dead returned last night for its fourth season, delivering
the highest ratings of any episode in series history. The season four premiere
was watched by 16.1 million total viewers and 10.4 million adults aged 18-49.
Last night’s ratings confirm The Walking Dead continues to be the #1 show on
all of television among the coveted 18-49 demographic. 2013/14 season to date,
last night’s premiere ranks as the #1 telecast in adults 18-49, outperforming
all programs including primetime NFL football. With time-shifted playback,
last night's premiere should exceed 20 million viewers.

“Sincere thanks to the fans, who have welcomed The Walking Dead back for its
fourth season with the highest-rated episode in the show's history,” said AMC
President Charlie Collier. “We could not be more proud of this show and
everyone on both sides of the camera who work so hard to give life to this
story of character, leadership and survival. It starts with series creator,
writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman, show runner and executive
producer Scott Gimple and the director of last night’s episode (and the man
behind the make-up) executive producer Greg Nicotero, their fellow executive
producers and an extraordinary cast and crew who are giving their all every
day. So clearly, thanks to them, the dead have never been more alive.”

The previous record for an episode of The Walking Dead was 12.4 million total
viewers and 8.1 million viewers 18-49 for the season three finale.

Following the 9 pm premiere of The Walking Dead, AMC premiered the third
season of Talking Dead at 10 pm, it became the most viewed premiere in series
history with 5.1 million viewers, including 3.3 million adults aged 18-49.
Hosted by Chris Hardwick, Talking Dead features Hardwick and fans, actors,
producers and other TV enthusiasts, discussing and dissecting that night’s
Dead premiere. The premiere episode featured guests including executive
producer and showrunner Scott Gimple and Nathan Fillion of Castle.

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season four premiere of The Walking Dead

  *9 pm airing – 8.1 HH rating with 16.1 million viewers
  *9 pm airing – 8.2 HH rating with 10.4 million Adults 18-49
  *9 pm airing – 7.3 HH rating with 8.8 million Adults 25-54

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season three premiere of Talking Dead

  *10 pm airing – 2.7 HH rating with 5.1 million viewers
  *10 pm airing – 2.6 HH rating with 3.3 million Adults 18-49
  *10 pm airing – 2.5 HH rating with 3.0 million Adults 25-54

Source: Nielsen Media Research fast nationals (US ratings), L+SD 10/13/13,
broadcast season 9/23/13 – current.

The return of The Walking Dead dominated TV-related social media activity. In
the opening minute of the East coast premiere, viewers posted 39,994 Tweets
about the show, representing 88% of all television-related Tweets. The
premiere telecast garnered a total of 1,171,994 Tweets from 570,148 unique
authors.The Walking Dead was also the #1 program for the day in TV-related
social media activity, including the premiere and seven previous episodes that
ran during a catch-up marathon on AMC, with the most unique authors. On
Facebook,more than 5 million users had more than 9.3 million interactions
related to The Walking Dead premiere. Twitter data from SocialGuide, Facebook
data from Facebook.

About AMC

Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating
acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper,
something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network
in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years
in a row, five out of the last six years, and boasts the most-watched drama
series in basic cable history with The Walking Dead. AMC’s original drama
series include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels and Low Winter Sun. The
network recent greenlit two new drama series, working titles Halt & Catch Fire
and Turn, both of which will be premiering in 2014. AMC also explores
authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original
series like Comic Book Men, Small Town Security, Talking Dead, Talking Bad and
Freakshow. AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister
networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all
platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something
More.

Contact:

Press:
AMC Networks Inc.
Marnie Black, 917-542-6361
Marnie.Black@amcnetworks.com
or
Jim Maiella, 646-273-7911
Jim.Maiella@amcnetworks.com
 
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