'The Walking Dead' season 5 premiere hits a new high in ratings
Zombie fans across the globe have been waiting all summer to see what happens to Rick and the group who were outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate at the end of season 4. The premiere did not disappoint.
According to Forbes.com, with 17.3 million viewers, Sunday night’s season five premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was the highest rated show in cable television history.
The show topped a 2007 airing of “High School Musical 2″ which aired on August 17, 2007 and drew 17.2 million viewers as highest-rated live/same day non-sports telecast in cable history.
The ratings top the season 4 premiers which drew a series-best 16.1 million same day viewers.
AMC has renewed “The Walking Dead” for season six. In an interview with Variety.com, AMC president Charlie CollierIn says, “Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort,”