Even going up against Peyton Manning’s shot at the touchdown record on “Sunday Night Football,” the zombie drama “The Walking Dead” on AMC had a pretty good night Sunday. The show followed its record-breaking premiere with 15.143 million total viewers for the season’s second installment, Deadline.com reports.
The show also had 9.796 million viewers in the key 18-49 demo. Airing at 10 p.m., the zombie show “just avoided a surge on NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ as the Broncos’ Peyton Manning threw his 509th touchdown pass to set the NFL’s TD record,” the report notes.
The turnout for “Walking Dead” was down 12% from the season five premiere a week ago, matching the decline from week one to week two in season four. Sunday’s program had a 7.7 average rating in the 18-49 demo, topping “Sunday Night Football’s” preliminary 7.0.
Sunday’s installment of “Dead” ranks as the show’s third-most-watched episode, behind the season five and season four premieres.