The Walking Dead: Huge return cements its status as appointment TV | EW.com

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The Walking Dead: Huge return cements its status as appointment TV

The Walking Dead scored near record ratings on Sunday night, dominated the competition, and cemented the show’s elite status in the television landscape.

The season 7 premiere of the AMC zombie drama scored 17 million viewers, up 22 percent from the season 6 finale, while making it the show’s second highest rated episode of all-time.

EW’s Ray Rahman appeared on the latest episode of EW: The Show to put the huge rating into context. ”Appointment TV like that just doesn’t happen anymore,” said Rahman. “Game of Thrones is an example of another show that sustains that kind of audience, but Walking Dead so far seems to be back in that game.”

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