"The Walking Dead" Season 4 premiere ratings are record-breaking. More than 16 million viewers tuned in to see the return of AMC's zombie drama.
Among those 16 million viewers were 10.4 million adults in the 18-49 demographic, making "The Walking Dead the No. 1 show on TV in the 18-49 demo. When time-shifting playback is accounted for, "The Walking Dead" Season 4 premiere ratings will likely clock in more than 20 million viewers.
"Sincere thanks to the fans, who have welcomed 'The Walking Dead' back for its fourth season with the highest-rated episode in the show's history,” AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement. "We could not be more proud of this show and everyone on both sides of the camera who work so hard to give life to this story of character, leadership and survival. It starts with series creator, writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman, show runner and executive producer Scott Gimple and the director of last night’s episode (and the man behind the make-up) executive producer Greg Nicotero, their fellow executive producers and an extraordinary cast and crew who are giving their all every day. So clearly, thanks to them, the dead have never been more alive."
"The Walking Dead" Season 4 premiere ratings broke the show's previous record set in Season 3. The Season 3 finale had 12.4 million total viewers and 8.1 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic.
"The Walking Dead" airs Sundays, 9 p.m. ET on AMC.