'Walking Dead' season 7 premiere scores 17 million total viewers

Negan's victim was revealed to 17 million "Walking Dead" fans with its season premiere on Sunday. That's 16 percent more than the comparable Season 6 start in 2015, and it nearly matches the series record.

Among viewers 18-49, Season 7 nabbed an 8.4 rating, per Nielsen's Live + Same Day metric.

Last year, the hit zombie apocalypse drama netted 14.6 million viewers and a 7.4 rating in the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic. That was down from the fall 2014 premiere, which scored an incredible 17.3 million viewers and an 8.7 rating — that's still the record.

AMC does not share L+SD measurements; the cable channel chooses to focus on Nielsen numbers that include three days worth of delayed viewing, which will be out on Friday.

More to come ...

Photographer recreates scenes from 'The Walking Dead' with kids
See Gallery
Photographer recreates scenes from 'The Walking Dead' with kids

More on AOL Entertainment:
Reese Witherspoon wishes son Deacon happy birthday with sweet pic from their camping trip
'DWTS' week 7 elimination shocker! Find out which high-scoring couple was in jeopardy
Obama burns Trump on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live': 'At least I'll go down as a president'

Read Full Story

Sign up for Entertainment Insider by AOL to get the hottest pop culture news delivered straight to your inbox!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.