The Walking Dead Season 5 premier breaks viewership records

The Walking Dead Season 5

The premier for the new season of The Walking Dead reached 17.3 million people.

Now in its fifth season, The Walking Dead TV series premiered the first episode of season five in the US on Sunday, bringing in 17.3 million people to watch.

The 17.3 million viewers marked the highest viewership on record for both the show and a for a cable TV programme. TV viewer tracking company Nielsen said the audience for Sunday night's premier was the biggest ever for a single non-sports programme for cable TV.

Last October when The Walking Dead season four preimiered it pulled in 16.1 million viewers, meaning Sunday's premier beat last year's record by a cool 1.2 million viewers.

11 million of the viewers were amongst the 18-49 year olds bracket, which is considered the most valuable demographic to advertisers.

The season 5 opener was shown on UK TV last night over on the FOX TV channel. The second episode airs in the UK on FOX TV at 9pm Monday 20th October.

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