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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Melissa McBride, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira and Norman Reedus attend the 2nd Annual Paleyfest New York Presents: 'The Walking Dead' at Paley Center For Media on October 11, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero speak at 'The Walking Dead' NY Comic Con Panel on October 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for AMC)
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NEW YORK (AP) - The Nielsen Company says the 17.3 million people who watched the fifth season opener of "The Walking Dead" Sunday is a record both for the show and for a cable television program.

Nielsen said that represented the biggest audience ever for a single non-sports program on cable TV. The AMC drama beat its previous record audience of 16.1 million for the fourth season opener last October.

"The Walking Dead" also had a staggering 11 million viewers among 18-to-49-year-olds, considered most valuable to advertisers. That beats every other scripted show on TV this season, with CBS' premiere of "The Big Bang Theory" coming closest with 6.9 million in that demographic.

Those numbers will only increase when time-delayed viewership is counted in. The discussion show, "The Talking Dead," had 6.9 million viewers.

Plus, 'The Walking Dead' cast in real life:

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: The cast of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' takes a selfie onstage during AMC's 'The Walking Dead' season 6 fan premiere event at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: The cast of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' onstage during AMC's 'The Walking Dead' season 6 fan premiere event at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: The cast of AMC's 'The Walking Dead' onstage during AMC's 'The Walking Dead' season 6 fan premiere event at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Andrew Lincoln; Chandler Riggs and Steven Yeun attend AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Danai Gurira attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Steven Yeun attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Actor Chandler Riggs attend AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Christian Serratos attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Andrew Lincoln attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Actors Josh McDermitt and Michael Cudlitz attend AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Melissa McBride attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Norman Reedus attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: Lauren Cohan attends AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for AMC)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09: (L-R) Steven Yeun, Sonequa Martin, Michael Cudlitz, Lauren Cohan, Christian Serratos and Alanna Masterson speak onstage at the AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Season 6 Fan Premiere Event 2015 at Madison Square Garden on October 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Imagesfor AMC)
NEW YORK - APRIL 29: Actor Normal Reedus attends the after party for 'Deadline' during the 8th Annual Tribeca Film Festival at 38 Howard Street on April 29, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic) *** Local Caption ***
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