Last night's episode of The Walking Dead scored 15.8 million viewers which was enough to out perform the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The return of Season 4 of The Walking Dead netted an 8.2 in the ratings compared to the Olympics which got a 6.9.
The mid-season episode of The Walking Dead was also up about 28 percent compared to last year's mid-season finale.
The live show following The Walking Dead with Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick, also saw record ratings with 5.9 million viewers tuning in.
AMC’S The Walking Dead MID-SEASON PREMIERE DELIVERS 15.8 MILLION VIEWERS AND 10.4 MILLION ADULTS 18-49
The Walking Dead CONTINUES TO BE THE #1 SHOW ON TELEVISION AMONG ADULTS 18-49
MID-SEASON PREMIERE OUT-PERFORMS THE SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS ON SUNDAY NIGHT AMONG ADULTS 18-49
TALKING DEAD AFTERSHOW DELIVERS A PREMIERE RECORD 5.9 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS 3.9 MILLION ADULTS 18-49
NEW YORK, NY – February 10, 2014 – AMC’s The Walking Dead returned last night with the mid-season premiere of its fourth season, delivering 15.8 million viewers and 10.4 million adults 18-49. It was the #1 telecast for the night among adults 18-49, including the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Walking Dead continues to be the #1 show on all of television among the coveted 18-49 demographic. With time-shifted playback, last night’s premiere should exceed 20 million viewers.
“With a number of high-profile choices on television last night, for The Walking Dead to deliver record ratings is remarkable. Thanks to the fans, who have been so supportive of this show in so many ways. We share your passion for this world,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “Thanks also to the terrific team of writers, starting with Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman, who with our outstanding executive producers, cast and crew pour their hearts into this series, always with the fans in mind. I speak for everyone at AMC in expressing my sincere appreciation and our shared excitement for the journey ahead. Chocolate pudding for all!”
Following the 9 pm premiere of The Walking Dead, AMC presented Talking Dead at 10 pm, which became the highest premiere in series history with 5.9 million viewers, including 3.9 million adults aged 18-49. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, Talking Dead features Hardwick and fans, actors, producers and other TV enthusiasts, discussing and dissecting that night’s Dead premiere. The mid-season premiere featured guests Greg Nicotero and Dania Gurira.