Sunday’s season five finale of AMC’s zombie-themed series The Walking Dead drew 15.8 million viewers, the network said Monday.
The 90-minute episode was the most watched finale in series history – besting season four’s 15.6 million viewers – and drew 10.4 million adults 18-49, said network officials.
The 15.6 million viewers fell short of the 17.3 million viewers for last October’s season five premiere.
AMC’s live follow-up talk show Talking Dead drew a record 7.5 million viewers and 4.9 million adults 18-49, said network officials.
“It’s tough enough in today’s competitive environment to command attention, and even harder to hold onto it,” said AMC president Charlie Collier, in a statement. “So, for The Walking Dead to maintain this level of urgent viewership in its fifth season – and to end with the highest-rated finale in series history – is really something rare and remarkable.”