"THE WALKING DEAD" ENDS SEASON SEVEN AS THE #1 SHOW AMONG ADULTS 18-49 FOR THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR,
ONLY DRAMA TO HOLD THIS DISTINCTION
IN TELEVISION HISTORY
SEASON SEVEN FINALE DELIVERS 15.6 MILLION VIEWERS, INCLUDING 9.7 MILLION ADULTS 18-49 AND 10 MILLION
ADULTS 25-54 IN NIELSEN LIVE+3 RATINGS
"TALKING DEAD" REMAINS #1 TALK SHOW, WITH SEASON SEVEN AVERAGING 4.9 MILLION VIEWERS PER EPISODE, INCLUDING 2.9 MILLION ADULTS 18-49 AND 3 MILLION ADULTS 25-54
NEW YORK, NY - April 7, 2017 - "The Walking Dead" completed its seventh season Sunday night as the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the fifth consecutive year, the only drama in television history to hold the #1 title for five consecutive years. "The Walking Dead" has extended its lead over the #2 program ("Big Bang Theory", CBS) by 61% among adults 18-49. "Talking Dead" remains the #1 talk show on television, averaging 4.9 million viewers per week for the just-completed season.
"Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, our outstanding executive producing team, cast and crew as well as the many partners at AMC and around the world who elevate this unique program all deserve a heartfelt thank you and congratulations. At the close of its seventh season, 'The Walking Dead' remains the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the fifth consecutive year, a drama record," said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. "It is a tribute to everyone involved that the show continues to surprise and engage, entertain and amaze after 99 episodes... and counting."
Key Nielsen Highlights for the season finale of "The Walking Dead" (L+3)
Episode 716, Sunday, April 2
15.6 million viewers, up 38% from live/same day (growth of 4.3 million)
9.7 million Adults 18-49, up 40% from live/same day (growth of 2.8 million), 7.6 national rating
10.0 million Adults 25-54, up 40% from live/same day (growth of 2.8 million) 8.3 national rating
This season of "Talking Dead" averaged 4.9 million viewers per episode, including 2.9 million adults 18-49 and 3 million adults 25-54. "The Walking Dead" continues to be the #1 show on television for the fifth consecutive season, unprecedented for a TV drama. In the current television season, AMC currently has three of the top five dramas on cable among both adults 18-49 and 25-54 - "The Walking Dead" at #1, "Fear the Walking Dead" at #3 and "Into the Badlands" at #4.
16/17 Season to Date
Top 10 Programs
Originator Program Name P18-49 (000) Originator Program Name P25-54 (000)
AMC WALKING DEAD 9,709 AMC WALKING DEAD 9,775
CBS BIG BANG THEORY, THE 6,016 CBS BIG BANG THEORY, THE 7,754
NBC THIS IS US 5,578 NBC THIS IS US 6,487
FOX EMPIRE 5,485 FOX EMPIRE 5,790
ABC MODERN FAMILY 4,296 ABC MODERN FAMILY 5,050
NBC VOICE 3,937 NBC VOICE 4,926
NBC VOICE-TUE 3,835 NBC VOICE-TUE 4,806
ABC GREY'S ANATOMY 4,183 ABC GREY'S ANATOMY 4,614
ABC BACHELOR, THE 3,795 CBS NCIS 4,311
ABC DESIGNATED SURVIVOR 3,352 ABC DESIGNATED SURVIVOR 4,162
Source: Nielsen. L+3 (09/19/2016 - 04/02/2017). M-Su 8p-11p. (Start) excludes sports & news, encores, breakouts, gapped, <5 min and special programs. 2+TC
AMC is home to some of the most popular and acclaimed programs on television. AMC was the first basic cable network to ever win the Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Drama Series with "Mad Men" in 2008, which then went on to win the coveted award four years in a row, before "Breaking Bad" won it in 2013 and 2014. The network's series "The Walking Dead" is the highest-rated series in cable history and the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the last five years. AMC's other current original drama series include "Better Call Saul," "TURN: Washington's Spies," "Halt and Catch Fire," "Humans," "Fear the Walking Dead," "Into the Badlands," "The Night Manager," "Preacher," and the forthcoming "The Son," "The Terror," "Lodge 49," "Loaded" and "McMafia." AMC also explores authentic worlds and discussion with original shows like "Talking Dead," "The Making of The Mob," "Comic Book Men," "Ride with Norman Reedus" and "The American West." AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, SundanceTV, BBC America and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.