One of TV’s biggest ratings success stories of the past few seasons continues to knock ’em dead. B&C reports that Sunday’s winter finale of the AMC zombie drama “The Walking Dead” delivered 14.8 million viewers — a 23% surge over the equivalent episode a year ago.
It was the highest total for a winter finale in the show’s history — although not quite a record for the series overall. Sunday’s telecast — the finale to the first half of season five — also pulled 9.6 million viewers in the key 18-49 demo.
The series averaged 14.6 million total viewers and 9.5 million adults 18-49 during the first half of the fifth season, B&C notes. The show has been going up against NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and has won that matchup five times this season in the 18-49 demo, the report adds.
The zombie show comes back Feb. 8, when it will open for AMC’s “Better Call Saul” premiere.