‘The Walking Dead’ ratings: Season 7 premiere has near record numbers – Thanks, Negan

The Walking Dead” returned Sunday (Oct. 23) as the biggest show on television. Again. AMC announced Friday that in Nielsen live+3 ratings, “The Walking Dead” Season 7 premiere delivered 20.8 million total viewers, 13.2 million in adults 18-49 and 13 million in adults 25-54. While all of that’s good news for the zombie drama, the truly great news is that the show experienced a growth of 13% in total viewers from the Season 6 finale. Thanks Negan!

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After a summer of anticipation, fans came roaring back to the season premiere, titled “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be,” in part to see who Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) killed. The brutality showcased in the hour is sure to divide viewers, but the bottom line is that it worked. Hmm, hopefully that doesn’t mean every season of “TWD” will now end with a “who died?” twist. And for those living under a rock, Negan ended up whacking both Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun).

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In related news, AMC’s live aftershow “Talking Dead” hosted by Chris Hardwick scored 8.7 million total viewers, 5.4 million in adults 18-49 and 5.5 million in adults 25-54 in Nielsen live+3 ratings. Those boffo numbers help the show keep its #2 position in all of cable television, behind only “The Walking Dead.” Those “Talking Dead” numbers are up 35 percent, 29 percent and 38 percent, respectively, from the show’s Season 6 premiere in 2015.

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