'Walking Dead' Returns to Record 16.1M Viewers

Zombie thriller's season four debut up 48% from last year

AMC's The Walking Dead drew 16.1 million viewers Sunday night for its fourth season premiere, the best in the series' history.

The 16.1 million was up 48% over last year's premiere (10.9 million) and 30% higher than the show's previous record of 12.4 million for last spring's finale. Walking Dead also drew double-digits with adults 18-49 with 10.4 million viewers, up 28% over the previous record (8.1 million).

The 9 p.m. episode also drew 8.8 million adults 25-54.

The live after-show Talking Dead drew 5.1 million total viewers, the most in its history, and 3.3 million viewers adults 18-49.