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'Z Nation' ratings tie 'Walking Dead' (if you move the decimal point)

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Z NATION

Z Nation ratings came in much, much lower than that other zombie drama’s average — as of course you would expect. But how can we compare Syfy’s new walker zombie drama Z Nation to its most obvious inspiration?

Z Nation debuted to 1.6 million for its Friday night premiere, which is fairly low wattage for a Syfy drama series. But Syfy points out this is a record premiere number for an acquired show produced by an outside part (Sharkado production company The Asylum made Z Nation). The network further noted more viewers watched Z Nation than the most recent telecasts of The Leftovers on HBO, Teen Wolf on MTV and Doctor Who on BBCA — so there.

But let’s look up that dizzying comparison to AMC’s mega-hit The Walking Dead anyway. It’s interesting that Z Nation pulled 1.6 million viewers because that’s the same as The Walking Dead‘s fourth season fall premiere — if you move the decimal point over a notch (16 million viewers). The 2010 series premiere of Walking Dead delivered 5.4 million viewers.

There was one place that Z Nation was an unqualified hit, however: BitTorrent! The show reportedly strongly surged in online pirating after its premiere.