With that, Live+3 ratings show that the arrival of arch villain Negan on the zombie apocalypse series’ April 3 season ender pulled in 18.4 million total viewers with a massive 11.5 million among the key demo of adults 18-49 – a pretty steady result for the cliffhanger episode with the delayed viewing of the Season 5 finale.
Viewershipwise, Season 6’s Live+3 results are down 10% from what the March 29, 2015 “Conquer” episode snared. Looking at the key demo, the “Last Day On Earth” episode declined 15% from last year’s 18-49 L+3 results. Interestingly, with growth of 30% and 32%, respectively, from Live+Same Day numbers, the Season 6 finale was basically in line with how Season 5’s results grew in delayed viewing.
'The Walking Dead' Ratings Down From 2015 Finale
As it stands, TWD is the top show on all of TV this season in Live+3 results with a 9.1 18-49 rating. That’s up 21% from what Sunday Night Football brought in for NBC and the NFL. Granted, delayed viewing of football and other sports is not a great barometer as almost everyone watches them live — that’s the point.
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However, drama-to-drama, TWD S6 bests Empire S2 by 39% in the key demo in L+3 results. The Fox series was third on the Top 10 series with CBS’ The Big Bang Theory in fifth with a 5.6 rating. Season 1 of TWD spinoff Fear The Walking Dead was in the seventh spot with a 5.2 and Fox’s six-episode The X-Files revival was tenth with a 4.3 rating.
On Sunday, Talking Dead had 7.4 million total viewers in Live+3 with 4.5 million in the 18-49 demo. That’s a 16% and 15% increase, respectively, over the L+SD results, again pretty steady in terms of growth with the comparable show of last year.
The Walking Dead will be back for its seventh season this fall.
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