Though it was tiny, the penultimate episode of 2016 saw the first week to week rise in viewership for Season 7 which started off with the series' second highest rated episode (17 million viewers) before dropping down to numbers as low as Season 3.
Sunday night's Sing Me A Song episode -- one which was well-received by critics and fans alike -- drew 10.48 million viewers for a 4.95 rating in the key 18-49 demo. The numbers top the 10.40 million viewers and 4.90 ratings from Episode 7x06.
To no surprise, The Walking Dead was the highest-rated and most-watched program on Sunday night with Talking Dead taking second, once again, at a 1.69 rating with 3.77 million viewers.
Here is how the numbers have looked so far through The Walking Dead Season 7:
- 7x01: 17.03 million
- 7x02: 12.46 million
- 7x03: 11.72 million
- 7x04: 11.40 million
- 7x05: 11.00 million
- 7x06: 10.40 million
- 7x07: 10.48 million
The Walking Dead had some tough competition on Sunday night as it competed with the hottest new show on cable's Season 1 finale in HBO's Westworld. In fact, the J.J. Abrams produced series drew its largest audience yet on Sunday night.
The boost in ratings can likely be attributed to a few factors. Not only was last weekend's Tara-centric episode 7x06 aired over a holiday weekend but the marketing campaign behind Episode 7x07 garnered a huge buzz from hardcore fans of the series. Social media chatter got loud as teases of Carl's big eye reveal (an iconic moment from Robert Kirkman's comic books) surfaced throughout the weekend.
As for the Season 7 midseason finale coming up this Sunday, we should expect another increase in the numbers. With a bloody new look on Negan, a major character might just be offed for the first time since the premiere as the storylines continue to come together in the same episode unlike 7x02-7x06.
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