Besides his name being dropped from the credits, fans of the AMC blockbuster didn’t learn any more about the fate of Steven Yeun’s Glenn Rhee this week, but that didn’t stop them from showing up zombie strong. The special 90-minute Sunday episode of The Walking Dead drew 13.3 million total viewers and 8.6 million adults 18-49 for a 6.8 rating.
That’s great numbers for any show in today’s TV landscape, but for TWD it is a rise of 1% in overall audience and the key demo compared with the dramatic October 25 episode on a very competitive night. Additionally, those results mark the second week in a row this Season 6 that the series based on Robert Kirkman’s comics has gone up, however small.
Compared to the November 2, 2014 fourth episode of the fifth season, this year’s November 1 show dipped 8% in total viewers and 11% in the demo.
Even so, what makes this week’s slight rising ratings all the more compelling a drama is that this Sunday’s episode, based on Morgan Jones’ backstory, went up against the big numbers of the winning game of the 2015 World Series and the much-hyped battle of the undefeateds on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
The real bite against the big sporting rivals could come when Live+3 results are released later this week. Up against a weaker SNF game, last week’s TWD went up 39% in total viewers and 42% in 18-49s from its Live+SD results in delayed viewing. While not record leaps for TWD, this week’s Live+3 just might be considering the competition.