While The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 2 didn’t quite match the ratings numbers of the premiere episode, the show still put up some incredible numbers. According to early numbers from Deadline, the “Strangers” episode of The Walking Dead was only down 12% in total viewers from the previous week.
The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 2 pulled in 15.143 million total viewers. In the key ratings demo, The Walking Dead achieved a 7.7 rating, which is better than Sunday Night Football’s 7.0 fast nationals rating. It’s possible the ratings numbers could change however when final numbers are released.
But at least for right now, it looks like The Walking Dead will beat Sunday Night Football for two weeks in a row in the key demo. It’s also very likely that The Walking Dead might see even a larger increase than last week in time-shifted viewers. With Peyton Manning throwing for his 509th touchdown pass to set a new NFL TD record, there was more incentive than last week for viewers to watch Sunday Night Football live.