‘The Walking Dead’ Ends Season Seven as the No. 1 Show for Record Fifth Consecutive Year

Apr 7, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Press release from AMC, April 7, 2017:

“The Walking Dead” completed its seventh season Sunday night as the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the fifth consecutive year, the only drama in television history to hold the #1 title for five consecutive years. “The Walking Dead” has extended its lead over the #2 program (“Big Bang Theory”, CBS) by 61% among adults 18-49. “Talking Dead” remains the #1 talk show on television, averaging 4.9 million viewers per week for the just-completed season.

“Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, our outstanding executive producing team, cast and crew as well as the many partners at AMC and around the world who elevate this unique program all deserve a heartfelt thank you and congratulations. At the close of its seventh season, ‘The Walking Dead’ remains the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the fifth consecutive year, a drama record,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “It is a tribute to everyone involved that the show continues to surprise and engage, entertain and amaze after 99 episodes… and counting.”

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season finale of “The Walking Dead” (L+3)

Episode 716, Sunday, April 2

  • 15.6 million viewers, up 38% from live/same day (growth of 4.3 million)
  • 9.7 million Adults 18-49, up 40% from live/same day (growth of 2.8 million), 7.6 national rating
  • 10.0 million Adults 25-54, up 40% from live/same day (growth of 2.8 million) 8.3 national rating

This season of “Talking Dead” averaged 4.9 million viewers per episode, including 2.9 million adults 18-49 and 3 million adults 25-54. “The Walking Dead” continues to be the #1 show on television for the fifth consecutive season, unprecedented for a TV drama. In the current television season, AMC currently has three of the top five dramas on cable among both adults 18-49 and 25-54 – “The Walking Dead” at #1, “Fear the Walking Dead” at #3 and “Into the Badlands” at #4.

16/17 Season to Date

Top 10 Programs

Originator – Program Name – P18-49 (000) – Originator – Program Name – P25-54 (000)

AMC         WALKING DEAD      9,709         AMC         WALKING DEAD      9,775

CBS          BIG BANG THEORY, THE        6,016         CBS          BIG BANG THEORY, THE        7,754

NBC          THIS IS US                5,578         NBC          THIS IS US                6,487

FOX          EMPIRE   5,485         FOX          EMPIRE   5,790

ABC          MODERN FAMILY   4,296         ABC          MODERN FAMILY   5,050

NBC          VOICE      3,937         NBC          VOICE      4,926

NBC          VOICE-TUE               3,835         NBC          VOICE-TUE               4,806

ABC          GREY’S ANATOMY 4,183         ABC          GREY’S ANATOMY 4,614

ABC          BACHELOR, THE     3,795         CBS          NCIS         4,311

ABC          DESIGNATED SURVIVOR       3,352         ABC          DESIGNATED SURVIVOR       4,162

Source: Nielsen. L+3 (09/19/2016 – 04/02/2017). M-Su 8p-11p. (Start) excludes sports & news, encores, breakouts, gapped, <5 min and special programs. 2+TC

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