Season four of The Walking Dead premiered to the show’s highest-ever ratings last night.
The new episode pulled 16.1 million viewers, smashing the previous record of the 12.6 million people that watched the finale of season three. AMC President Charlie Collier could not hide his happiness with the news:
“Sincere thanks to the fans, who have welcomed The Walking Dead back for its fourth season with the highest-rated episode in the show’s history. We could not be more proud of this show and everyone on both sides of the camera who work so hard to give life to this story of character, leadership and survival.
“It starts with series creator, writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman, show runner and executive producer Scott Gimple and the director of last night’s episode (and the man behind the make-up) executive producer Greg Nicotero, their fellow executive producers and an extraordinary cast and crew who are giving their all every day.”