“The Walking Dead” Hits New Series High

the walking deadLast nights fifth season premiere of The Walking Dead hit a new series high last night, nabbing 17.3 million viewers and 8.8 A18-49.  No, that is not wrong, The Walking Dead did a massive 8.8 demo last night.  When final broadcast numbers are published tomorrow, The Walking Dead is likely to finish ahead of NFL Sunday Night Football.

Per SpottedRatings (one of the best sources for ratings, in my opinion) the previous series high for The Walking Dead came just last fall, when its debut scared up 16.1 million viewers and 8.2 A18-49 demo.

Like previous seasons, the upcoming episodes will likely slip a few tenths, but this show just does not stop growing!  The AMC model of airing the entire show prior to season premiere is working, and working very well.

When all is said and done, The Walking Dead will probably be the highest-rated series on television this season.  For a cable series, now in its fifth season, that is absolutely incredible.

Unsurprisingly, AMC renewed The Walking Dead for a sixth season just last week.  The second half of season five will return in February, with the remaining seven episodes from the first half of season five continuing next Sunday.

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“Gotham” Snags Full Season Order; “American Horror Story” Renewed

gothamAhead of tonight’s fourth episode, FOX has given Batman-prequel, Gotham, a full season order.  The initial order for Gotham was set at 16 episodes.  Given the state of FOX, however, the network decided to bump up the order to a full 22 episodes.

The most recent episode of Gotham scored 6.36 million viewers and 2.5 A18-49 demo.  In addition, it ranks as one of the top DVR’ed shows on television.  In just released data, the series premiere of Gotham jumped from an initial 3.3 A18-49 to 6.0 A18-49, a rise of 82%.

freakshowOn the cable side of things, FX has announced a fifth season renewal for hit anthology series, American Horror Story.  The fifth season order comes a few days after the fourth season, Freak Show, notched the shows largest numbers ever (6 million viewers / 3.1 A18-49 demo) in its season debut.

The fifth season is expected to launch next fall, as has been the pattern for the past four seasons.  Also similar to past seasons, the fifth season will consist of 13 episodes.