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"The Walking Dead" Is Back With A Record-Breaking 16 Million Viewers

Season 4 premiered Sunday with Rick, Daryl, and the gang back in the land of zombies, and more people than ever before tuned in.

Last updated on October 14, 2013, at 3:18 p.m. ET

Posted on October 14, 2013, at 3:18 p.m. ET

The Walking Dead returned Sunday, and fans turned up in droves, to the tune of 16.1 million viewers, a series record.

AMC

WALKING DEAD ratings are so high by now we must seriously consider the possibility people are rising from the grave to watch it.

James Poniewozik

@poniewozik

WALKING DEAD ratings are so high by now we must seriously consider the possibility people are rising from the grave to watch it.

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The show also reached 10.4 million adults aged 18–49, the highest for any show thus far in 2013.

AMC

The ratings blew away those for AMC's much-talked about Breaking Bad finale.

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) stars in AMC's, "The Walking Dead.
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Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) stars in AMC's, "The Walking Dead.

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To put it another way, "The Walking Dead" last night had 5 million more viewers than the "Breaking Bad" finale. TV writers' jaws are agape.

Brian Stelter

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To put it another way, "The Walking Dead" last night had 5 million more viewers than the "Breaking Bad" finale. TV writers' jaws are agape.

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“We could not be more proud of this show and everyone on both sides of the camera who work so hard to give life to this story of character, leadership and survival," said AMC President Charlie Collier.

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Walkers > Meth MT @Variety: 'Walking Dead' Draws a Whopping 16.1m http://t.co/sDOh26tB6Z #EveryoneLovesZombies

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Walkers > Meth MT @Variety: 'Walking Dead' Draws a Whopping 16.1m http://t.co/sDOh26tB6Z

#EveryoneLovesZombies

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The episode had plenty of social chatter as well. The episode garnered a total of 1,171,994 tweets from 570,148 unique authors.

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