After ratings dipped slightly during two Governor-themed episodes, The Walking Dead roared back with a vengeance on Sunday Night. The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale drew in 12.1 million viewers overall, which was a new record for a Mid-Season Finale for the series.
In the all important adults 18-49 demographic, The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale averaged a 6.1 rating, drawing in 7.7 million viewers in that age range. As good as the ratings were, the episode didn't set a new record overall for the series. The record for the series is still the show’s Season 4 Premiere on October 13, which attracted 16.1 million total viewers and 10.4 million viewers among adults 18-49.
Perhaps, more important than the ratings, The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale was extremely well-received among fans. The "Too Far Gone" episode is currently the most acclaimed episode on IMDB with a 9.6 rating. The positive fan response should bode well for the show when it returns on February 9, 2014.
Talking Dead also benefited from the Mid-Season Finale, attracting a series-high 6 million viewers.