Season 4 of AMC’s zombie drama finished up its first half of with massive numbers on Sunday, but the half-season capper couldn’t quite catch the season premiere, and it fell just slightly short of the Season 3 finale in April.
The midseason finale of “The Walking Dead” pulled in 12.1 million total viewers, though, in keeping with the pattern for the series, the midseason signoff fell short of the season premiere, which drew a record 16.1 million total viewers in October.
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The Season 3 finale posted slightly more total viewers than Sunday’s finale, which amassed 12.4 million total viewers.
Though the midseason finale fell just short of the mark set by the Season 3 finale, Sunday’s sign-off set a series record for midseason finales. And overall for the season, “The Walking Dead” is handily beating its previous season, performing 29 percent ahead of the first half of Season 3.
“We couldn’t be happier that audiences are continuing to respond in ever-larger numbers to the outstanding work of this amazingly talented team,” AMC president Charlie Collier said of the numbers. “We’re only at the mid-point of this fourth season, but I know I speak for the entire cast and crew in Atlanta when I say thank you to the fans for joining in our passion for these characters and their journey.”
“The Walking Dead” aftershow, “Talking Dead,” scored a series high with Sunday’s episode, amassing 6 million total viewers, with 3.8 million of them in the demo.
“The Walking Dead” will resume its fourth season Feb. 9.
On the social media front, the midseason finale of “The Walking Dead” was the top TV-related topic on Twitter, generating 880,450 tweets about the show from 391,210 unique authors, with a total of 43.9 million impressions.