New York, New York – AMC’s The Walking Dead returned on February 9 with the mid-season premiere of its fourth season, delivering 15.8 million viewers and 10.4 million adults 18-49. It was the no. 1 telecast for the night among adults 18-49, including the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Walking Dead continues to be the no. 1 show on all of television among the coveted 18-49 demographic. With time-shifted playback, the premiere should exceed 20 million viewers.

“With a number of high-profile choices on television last night, for The Walking Dead to deliver record ratings is remarkable. Thanks to the fans, who have been so supportive of this show in so many ways. We share your passion for this world,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “Thanks also to the terrific team of writers, starting with Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman, who with our outstanding executive producers, cast and crew pour their hearts into this series, always with the fans in mind. I speak for everyone at AMC in expressing my sincere appreciation and our shared excitement for the journey ahead. Chocolate pudding for all!”

Following the 9pm premiere of The Walking Dead, AMC presented Talking Dead at 10pm, which became the highest premiere in series history with 5.9 million viewers, including 3.9 million adults aged 18-49. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, Talking Dead features Hardwick and fans, actors, producers and other TV enthusiasts, discussing and dissecting that night’s Dead premiere. The mid-season premiere featured guests Greg Nicotero and Dania Gurira.

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season four premiere of The Walking Dead