According to AMC, the premiere was the "strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history." The episode had 4.8 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic, 4.2 million viewers in 25-54 and a total of 7.3 million.
Factoring in the two encore airings, the show was watched by a total of 11 million viewers.
"'The Walking Dead' is one of those rare television programs that reaches both a core genre fan as well as broad audiences simply looking for a great, character-based story. We're so proud of and grateful for the amazing team on both sides of the camera who works so hard and is so committed to making this a unique programming event," Charlie Collier, president of AMC, said in a statement. "That 'The Walking Dead' is now the most watched drama in the history of basic cable is staggering, just like our zombies."
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