‘Walking Dead’ Season 4 finale sets ratings record for AMC zombie hit

Andrew Lincoln portrays Rick Grimes on AMC's zombie hit "The Walking Dead."
Andrew Lincoln portrays Rick Grimes on AMC’s zombie hit “The Walking Dead.”
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“The Walking Dead” reached Terminus with quite a climax: its best finale ratings ever.

AMC’s zombie smash gathered 15.7 million total viewers on Sunday, according to Nielsen. That was easily the show’s most-watched season closer ever and up 27% compared with the Season 3 finale last year.

It was also well above “Walking Dead’s” season average of 13.3 million.


However, the finale did not quite match the 16.1 million for the Season 4 premiere back in October. It’s the first time in “Walking Dead” history that a season finale has not topped the ratings for the season premiere. That leads to questions about whether “Walking Dead” can keep growing in Season 5 - or whether the show has peaked.

The season ended with a shootout at the Terminus, the rail station that a group of survivors saw as a sort of safe house from “walkers” (zombies).

“The Talking Dead” aftershow delivered a record 7.3 million viewers - a figure higher than that for many series on broadcast TV.

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