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'Walking Dead' ratings: Most-watched finale ever

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Five seasons later and The Walking Dead has done it again: Sunday’s finale hit another ratings record for AMC’s zombie drama. The 90-minute closer delivered 15.8 million viewers and an incredible 8.2 rating among adults 18-49. 

That marks the best finale performance in the show’s history — and third most-watched episode overall. This cements TWD as the top-rated TV show in the adult demo this season (with Fox’s break-out phenom Empire ranking No. 2 among dramas — see chart below). 

Post-show Talking Dead performed strong too, having a series-high 7.5 million viewers and a 3.9 rating. 

For more, check out Dalton Ross’ coverage of the finale, like his interview with star Andrew Lincoln and with co-star Norman Reedus.

Top 10 Programs Season To Date In Adult Demo

Net      Program Name                                      A18-49 (000)

AMC   WALKING DEAD, THE                              9,373

NBC    VOICE, THE                                               7,036

FOX    EMPIRE                                                      6,350

CBS    BIG BANG THEORY, THE                         5,789

ABC    MODERN FAMILY                                      4,230

ABC    SCANDAL                                                   3,892

ABC    HOW TO GET AWAY W/MURDER            3,766

CBS    60 MINUTES                                               3,647

CBS    ODD COUPLE, THE                                    3,583

AMC   TALKING DEAD                                         3,551