The last episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead for 2015 is going out with a bit of a ratings bang. With 18.3 million total viewers and 11.8 million among adults 18-49 in Live+3 results, the November 29 winter finale has hit the show’s second best total viewership of the cycle.
The Season 6 midseason ender is also fairly steady with the record shattering Season 5 winter finale of November 30, 2014. With a total audience of 19.5 million and 12.9 million among the 18-49s in Live+3 results, TWD’s Season 5 winter finale was up over Season 6 by a close 6% and 8%, respectively.
Like it did in Live+Same Day numbers, the top spot so far of TWD’s latest season goes to the October 11 premiere. While down from the two previous season openers, the Live+3 results of that episode snared 19.5 million viewers with a staggering 12.84 million among adults 18-49 for a 10.1 rating. That was up 33% and 36% in the categories from what the series based on Robert Kirkman’s comic had in Live+Same Day numbers. Basically even with the November 22 episode, where the fate of Steven Yeun’s Glenn Rhee character was finally revealed, the midseason finale saw a 31% and 33% lift in viewership and demo over its Live+SD results.
The November 29 TWD was fourth is the 18-49s over its eight-episode run. Week 1 was tops with Week 4’s 12.024 million coming in second and Week 3’s 12.007 million taking third place.
The Walking Dead returns for the rest of Season 6 on February 14 next year.
In its last week with TWD as a lead-in, Into The Badlands had a 30% and 31% jump in Live + 3 results from the Live + SD numbers of its November 29 airing. With 6.7 million total viewers and 4.1 million among the 18-49 for a 3.22 rating, the third week of the martial arts series pretty much even with its second week. Coming off its debut as the third best cable opener ever on November 15, the second and third week of ITB were both juiced by TWD sneak peeks placed in the new show’s first commercial break. Now with no TWD, ITB will have the last three episodes of its six-episode run on its own.