“The Walking Dead” returned for the second half of its fifth season with a mid-season premiere that delivered 15.6 million total viewers and 10.1 million adults 18-49. “The Walking Dead” remains the #1 show in all of television among adults 18-49. Last night’s episode was the highest performing regularly-scheduled entertainment program of 2015. With time-shifted playback added in, this mid-season premiere of “The Walking Dead” should exceed more than 20 million viewers.
Also last night, the “Talking Dead” aftershow premiered at a special time (Sunday 11:15pm – 12:15am) and delivered 2.8 million viewers and 1.9 million adults 18-49. Each week, “Talking Dead” features host Chris Hardwick and fans, actors, producers and other TV enthusiasts discussing that night’s “The Walking Dead” premiere. The mid-season premiere featured Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese) and executive producer Greg Nicotero, who also directed last night’s episode of “The Walking Dead.”
“In a competitive environment that sometimes gets as much press as the shows themselves, it is gratifying to deliver programming that breaks through and reaches passionate audiences. For AMC, it starts with the creative talent we are so fortunate to be working with including, among many others – in the order of last night’s unforgettable schedule – Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple of The Walking Dead, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould of Better Call Saul, and Chris Hardwick of Talking Dead,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We are supremely thankful for the talented people who call this network home, and for the fans who continue to make AMC a television destination unlike any other. Walking. Calling. Talking. Humbling.”
AMC released this clip from next week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” as well.