The Walking Dead’s Ratings Beat Out NBC’s Winter Olympics

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The Olympics are usually hard to beat ever year they’re on, but they’ve never come up against The Walking Dead before. AMC’s monster hit actually managed to beat out NBC’s Olympic coverage this Sunday night, drawing in 15.8 million viewers and 10.4 million in the adults 18-49 demographic. It’s yet another record for the show, which last had attracted 12.1 million viewers and 7.7 million adults 18-49  for the winter finale.

With numbers like these, it’s little wonder that AMC is planning a spin-off show. These numbers are absolutely insane for cable, and there’s not another show like it. Even when Breaking Bad became the must-see cultural phenomenon of the decade, it never even got close to those numbers, even in its finale.

The Walking Dead just keeps setting record after record and fortunately, the show is improving over time. It’s still not exactly Emmy-worthy TV, but it’s come a long way since the early seasons. I really do like the show’s direction under its latest showrunner, Scott Gimple. I know the show has been through the ringer in terms of showrunners, but I really have liked Gimple’s tenure so far.

What do you think? Does The Walking Dead deserve such huge ratings?

[Photo via Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC]

Paul Tassi In addition to writing for TVOvermind, Paul has contributed to major publications such as Forbes. He's a video game expert as well as TV and Movie guy.
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  • Deborah L. Younce

    guess it is more viewer friendly to kill Walkers than kill stray dogs as the locals did for the olympics.

  • Kyle Riggs

    Best show on T.V.