‘The Walking Dead’ Ratings Rise 8 Percent With Character’s Shocking Death

13.1 million viewers couldn’t believe their eyes

Zombies struggle behind a gate in AMC's "The Walking Dead"
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(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you have not watched Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead”)

“The Walking Dead” may be down a key character, but its ratings are up about 8 percent.

The AMC hit show reached 13.1 million total viewers on Sunday. In the 18-49 demographic, the top cable show reached 8.5 million audience members. Both of those represent that 8 percent lift week over week.

The 8.1 million viewers in the 25-54 demo was an uptick of 7 percent from the prior Sunday.

Even more impressive, however, was the ratings jump for “Talking Dead.” The show earned 6.2 million total viewers, 3.9 of which were in the key demographic. That is a 44 percent increase in total viewers and a 49 percent increase in the demo.

Fans were shocked this week when it appeared that Glenn (Steven Yeun) was killed by a herd of walkers. Fans have been speculating feverishly on the character’s fate, but showrunner Scott Gimple promises he will return–in some form.

“In some way, we will see Glenn, some version of Glenn, or parts of Glenn again, either in flashback or in the current story, to help complete the story,” Gimple said after the show on “Talking Dead.

Several fan theories would have you believe that he is still alive, but thus far no one on the show will confirm one way or the other.