The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale Sets Ratings Record, DEVOURS Competition

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Last night’s season four finale of The Walking Dead set a new finale record for AMC, delivering 15.7 million viewers and 10.2 million adults 18-49.

When factoring in people who watch The Walking Dead online, those numbers (which already crushed the night's competition) should climb even higher.

Even the AMC Talking Dead aftershow, which aired following the Season 4 finale, delivered a series record 7.3 million viewers and 4.7 million adults 18-49.

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Season four set a new viewership record for The Walking Dead, averaging 13.3 million live/same day viewers per episode and 8.6 million adults 18-49.

That marked an increase of nearly 25 percent over the show's third season a year prior.

“The linear television business is Dead and well,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president.

Well played. The night's other big TV event was the combination of the NCAA Tournament and 60 Minutes, averaging 16.44 million viewers and a 3.9 rating on CBS.

Beyond that, nothing really compared. Here's the (network) ratings rundown ...

8 p.m.

60 Minutes and The Amazing Race: All-Stars (CBS): 11.73 million viewers, 2.0 key demo rating
Once Upon a Time (ABC) 6.46 million, 2.1 rating
The Simpsons and Family Guy (FOX) 3.94 million, 1.9 rating; 4.1 million, 2. 1 rating
American Dream Builders (NBC): 3.275 million, 0.8 rating

9 p.m.

The Amazing Race: All-Stars and "The Good Wife (CBS) 10.52 million, 1.9 rating
Resurrection (ABC): 8.18 million, 2.3 rating
Believe (NBC) 4.81 million, 1.1 rating
Cosmos (FOX) 3.89 million, 1.5 rating

10 p.m.

The Good Wife and The Mentalist (CBS): 9.535 million, 1.6 rating
Revenge (ABC): 5.24 million, 1.4 rating
Crisis (NBC): 4.32 million, 1.0 rating

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