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TV Ratings: 'The Walking Dead' Gives Finale Best With 15.7 Million Viewers

UPDATED: The AMC drama closes out its fourth run with its highest finale performance to date -- and comes just shy of the premiere record set in the fall.

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"The Walking Dead"

Just how high can The Walking Dead go? The answer to that question might still be a ways off. The AMC drama wrapped its fourth season with yet another ratings record on Sunday night.

The Walking Dead averaged 15.7 million viewers, a finale best. That's just 400,000 viewers shy of the previous all-time record, fall's 16.1 million-strong premiere. And looking at the comparable finale a year ago, The Walking Dead jumped a whopping 3.2 million.

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TV's top-rated show among the all-important adults 18-49, The Walking Dead also failed to disappoint in the demo. The episode averaged 10.2 million adults under 50, up nearly 2 million from a year ago and within a hair of fall's all-time high.

It's good news all around for AMC. Companion aftershow Talking Dead earned series records of its own with 7.3 million viewers and 4.7 million adults 18-49. And Comic Book Men, just renewed for a fourth season, averaged 1.1 million viewers and 715,000 in the key demo.

The Walking Dead ratings timeline:

  • Season 4 midseason premiere, Feb. 9, 2014: 15.8 million viewers, 10.4 million adults 18-49
  • Season 4 midseason finale, Dec. 1, 2013: 12.1 million viewers, 7.7 million adults 18-49
  • Season 4 premiere, Oct. 13, 2013: 16.1 million total viewers*, 10.4 million adults 18-49
  • Season 3 finale, March 31, 2013: 12.4 million total viewers*, 8.1 million 18-49*
  • Season 3 midseason premiere, Feb. 10, 2013: 12.3 million total viewers*, 6.8 million 18-49
  • Season 3 midseason finale, Dec. 2, 2012: 10.5 million total viewers, 6.9 million 18-49
  • Season 3 premiere, Oct. 14, 2012: 10.9 million total viewers, 7.3 million 18-49
  • Season 2 finale, March 18, 2012: 9 million total viewers, 6 million 18-49
  • Season 2 midseason premiere, Feb. 12, 2012: 8.1 million total viewers, 5.4 million* 18-49
  • Season 2 premiere, Oct. 16, 2011: 7.3 million total viewers, 4.8 million* 18-49
  • Season 2 midseason finale, Nov. 27, 2011: 6.6 million total viewers, 4.5 million 18-49
  • Season 1 finale, Dec. 5 2010: 6 million total viewers, 4 million 18-49
  • Season 1 premiere, Oct. 31, 2010: 5.4 million total viewers, 2.7 million 18-49

* Record at the time