The highest-rated scripted series on television scored another milestone in its latest outing. EW.com’s Inside TV reports that Sunday’s midseason finale of AMC’s zombie show "The Walking Dead" demonstrated that the series still appears to be on the rise.
"The zombie drama has risen for every premiere and finale compared to the previous year’s episode, season after season," the story reports. "Sunday’s winter closer maintained that trend: 12.1 million viewers, up 15 percent from last year’s December finale. So far this season is averaging 13 million viewers, up 29 percent from the first half of season three, with a 6.1 rating among adults 18-49. Post-show ‘The Talking Dead’ had a record 6 million viewers."
The report notes that ratings dipped last week, for the Governor’s second episode. But the article notes: "An audience decline for an episode that airs during a holiday week is pretty typical."
The report adds: "Still, ‘The Walking Dead‘s’ ratings climb does appear to be slowing. By comparison, last year’s finale zoomed 58 percent from the season two winter finale vs. [Sunday] night’s 15 percent rise from season three. The next key tests will be the show’s midseason premiere … and then the season 4 finale. Will ‘The Walking Dead‘s’ phenomenal audience climb top out this season? Given this trend, and the strong creative post-prison plan for the back-eight, it doesn’t seem likely."
The midseason premiere is scheduled for Feb. 9. Here’s a short trailer from AMC: