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Ratings: “The Walking Dead” Midseason Finale Up 24%

From start-to-finish, every season five episode of “The Walking Dead” has outdelivered the corresponding season four episode.

Sunday’s midseason finale, for instance, topped its season four counterpart by 24% in the adults 18-49 demographic and 23% in total viewers.

The episode, which culminated with the death of Beth Greene, drew 9.6 million adults 18-49 (approximately a 7.6 rating in the demo) and 14.8 million total viewers. Last year’s fall closer posted a weaker–but still impressive–6.1 rating with 12.06 million.

The strong “Walking Dead” performance led to a strong showing for companion series “The Talking Dead.” Sunday’s episode attracted 4.2 million adults 18-49 (approximately a 3.3 rating) and 6.6 million viewers to rank as the series’ most-watched post-midseason finale episode on record.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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