Last night’s episode of AMC’s zombie apocalypse series had some surprises, the return of one vital character and some very serious father/son firepower bonding. However, The Walking Dead did not have the upper hand over NFL Sunday Night Football. After wins among adults 18-49 for two weeks in a row, the cable blockbuster was beaten in the key demo last night by the New Orleans Saints 42-17 whooping of the Dallas Cowboys on NBC. The fifth week of Dead’s fourth season saw the series receive a 6.2 rating last night to SNF‘s 7.7. Although the Saints smacked the Cowboys down, with two of the NFL’s top-draw teams playing, last night’s game was up a strong 23% in fast nationals over the week before. The Walking Dead had 7.9 million viewers in the demo to SNF’s 9.9 million on Sunday. Overall the 9 PM airing of the AMC show got 12.2 million total viewers last night to SNF‘s 19.30 million for the night’s game. For The Walking Dead, that’s down from last week’s 8.7 million among the 18-49s and its 13.3 million total viewers.

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With a 6.8 rating to the NBC NFL game’s 6.3, early numbers from November 3 had the telecast of the AMC show topping the 8.1 million adults 18-49 who watched the Indianapolis Colts’ 27-24 victory over the Houston Texans that night. That 8% spread was the same as the Dead win the week before. Renewed for an unsurprising fifth season on October 29, The Walking Dead shattered cable records with its Season 4 debut last month.