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THE WALKING DEAD: Season 5.1 Report Card, 5.2 Trailer & Clip [AMC]

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AMC’s The Walking Dead 5.1 ratings, and 5.2 TV show trailer & clip. However you may have felt about the mid-season finale (compared, say, to last season’s), or however you may have felt about its outcome (there’s probably a reason to schoolmarm you, whatever those feelings), season 5.1 of The Walking Dead went out the same way it came in: record breaking.

SpoilerTV’s breakdown of season 5.1’s performance:

AMC’S “The Walking Dead” CAPS FIRST HALF OF FIFTH SEASON WITH STRONG YEAR-OVER-YEAR GROWTH +12% AMONG ALL VIEWERS AND +13% AMONG ADULTS 18-49

HIGHEST-RATED MID-SEASON FINALE EPISODE IN SERIES HISTORY DELIVERS 14.8 MILLION VIEWERS AND 9.6 MILLION ADULTS 18-49

ACROSS THE FIRST EIGHT EPISODES OF THIS FIFTH SEASON, “The Walking Dead” IS TELEVISION’S #1 SHOW AMONG ADULTS 18-49, AND HAS BEATEN Sunday Night Football FIVE TIMES

“TALKING DEAD” AFTERSHOW ALSO DELIVERS HIGHEST-RATED MID-SEASON FINALE EPISODE IN SERIES HISTORY, WITH 6.6 MILLION VIEWERS AND 4.2 MILLION ADULTS 18-49

New York, NY – December 1, 2014 – AMC’s “The Walking Dead” ended the first half of its fifth season last night with a mid-season finale that delivered 14.8 million viewers and 9.6 million adults 18-49, up 23% and 24%, respectively, over last season’s corresponding episode. The first eight episodes to date versus “The Walking Dead” fall season of 2013 are up an average of 12% among all viewers and 13% among adults 18-49. “The Walking Dead” is the #1 show in all of television among adults 18-49, including the NFL, which had held top honors since 2007. In eight episodes so far this season, “The Walking Dead” has beaten Sunday Night Football five times in adults 18-49, live/same day, a winning percentage of .625 over pro football. The first eight episodes of “The Walking Dead” season five delivered an average of 14.6 million viewers and 9.5 million adults 18-49, outpacing everything else on television this season.

Also last night, the “Talking Dead” aftershow delivered the highest-rated mid-season finale in series history, with 6.6 million viewers and 4.2 million adults 18-49. Each week, “Talking Dead” features host Chris Hardwick and fans, actors, producers and other TV enthusiasts discussing that night’s “The Walking Dead” premiere. The mid-season finale featured Robert Kirkman, Emily Kinney (Beth) and Keegan-Michael Key.

“The audience-driven success of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Talking Dead’ (even before time-shifting) is remarkable, and something we never take for granted,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We hold in such high regard Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and all of our exceptional executive producers, cast and crew for their passionate efforts that led to television history for ‘The Walking Dead’ once again last night. Congratulations and ‘non-creepy hugs’ to Chris Hardwick and everyone associated with making ‘Talking Dead’ not only the #1 talk show on television, but one of the top 18-49 shows in all of television, period. Huge thanks to all of our great partners and, of course, to the fans who make it possible.”

Key Nielsen Highlights for the Season Five Mid-Season Finale of “The Walking Dead”

9 pm airing – 7.5 HH national rating with 14.8 million viewers
9 pm airing – 7.6 national rating with 9.6 million Adults 18-49
9 pm airing – 7.5 national rating with 9.0 million Adults 25-54

Key Nielsen Highlights (live/same day averages) for the First Eight Episodes of “The Walking Dead” Season Five (versus season 4A)

9 pm airing – 7.2 HH national rating (+7%)
9 pm airing – 14.6 million viewers (+12%)
9 pm airing – 9.5 million adults 18-49 (+13%)

Key Nielsen Highlights for the Season Four Mid-Season Finale of “Talking Dead”

10 pm airing – 3.4 HH national rating with 6.6 million viewers
10 pm airing – 3.3 national rating with 4.2 million Adults 18-49
10 pm airing – 3.4 national rating with 4.1 million Adults 25-54

Key Nielsen Highlights (live/same day averages) for the First Eight Episodes of “Talking Dead” Season Four (versus season 3A)

10 pm airing – 2.9 HH national rating (+21%)
10 pm airing – 5.6 million viewers (+24%)
10 pm airing – 3.6 million adults 18-49 (+21%)

Source: Nielsen Media Research fast nationals (US ratings), L+SD.

The season five mid-season finale of “The Walking Dead” dominated social media activity the day of broadcast, ranking first among all scripted programs in organic conversation volume and ListenFirst Media’s Digital Audience RatingTM. The mid-season finale telecast garnered nearly 1.1 million tweets and generated several trending hashtags for a significant period of time. A Twitter Q&A and live tweet with Norman Reedus helped drive this engagement with #AskNorman occupying the top trending topic leading into the Q&A and through the episode. Overall, engagement on Twitter increased threefold from last season’s mid-season finale. On Facebook, the day of premiere saw more than six million engaged users, an increase of 72% from last season’s mid-season finale.

Suffice to say, someone gets to drop the mic, and strut off stage, on that one.

A trailer & clip, for season 5.2, does say something about the encore, however. Both focus on the aftermath of ‘Coda,’ but there are glimpses of what comes next. Specifically, Michonne (Danai Gurira) taking over from Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), in the “there has to be more” department, and the group doing the tactical town crawl.

The Walking Dead heads into its 2014 Winter break with a poster that pretty much sums up where the half-season leaves off.

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Norman Reedus & Emily Kinney One more, for the road.

Watch The Walking Dead season 5.2 preview trailer & clip, and leave your thoughts below, in the comments section. For more The Walking Dead photos, videos, and information, visit our The Walking Dead Page, our The Walking Dead Google+ Page, subscribe to us by Email, “follow” us on Twitter, Tumblr or “like” us on Facebook. The Walking Dead returns Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at 9:00pm EST, on AMC.


 

Sources: SpoilerTV (1, 2, 3)

 

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