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‘Better Call Saul’ Sets Ratings Record: Biggest Series Premiere in Cable History. Plus ‘Walking Dead’ Continues to Draw Big Numbers

Feb 9, 2015  •  Post A Comment

From our friends at the AMC networks:

The premiere of “Better Call Saul” on AMC last night was the biggest series premiere in cable history, drawing 4.4 million adults 18-49 and 4.0 million adults 25-54. The second episode of “Better Call Saul” airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, as part of a two-night television premiere event.

Perhaps even more impressive were the ratings for AMC’s “The Waking Dead.” Said the same release, ‘The Walking Dead’” returned for the second half of its fifth season with a mid-season premiere that delivered 15.6 million total viewers and 10.1 million adults 18-49. “The Walking Dead” remains the #1 show in all of television among adults 18-49. Last night’s episode was the highest performing regularly-scheduled entertainment program of 2015. With time-shifted playback added in, this mid-season premiere of “The Walking Dewad” should exceed more than 20 million viewers. AMC also expects to see significant time-shifting activity for “Better Call Saul,” as the show is opening up a new night of original programming for the network on Mondays. AMC will next release ratings information for “Better Call Saul” early next week, with the arrival of live+3 Nielsen ratings for the two-night premiere.

Plus this chart accompanied these ratings announcements:

Top 5 Entertainment programs of 2015: Adults 18-49

1.      NBC    BLACKLIST, special slot/post-Super Bowl (2/1/15) 10,668

2.      AMC   THE WALKING DEAD (2/9/15)                                   10,129

3.      FOX    SIMPSONS (1/4/15)                                                          5,981

4.      FOX    EMPIRE (2/4/15)                                                              5,870

5.      CBS   BIG BANG THEORY (1/8/15)                                           5,866



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