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The Hollywood Reporter has released the ratings for the first episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which garnered 5.1 million viewers on the initial broadcast alone, the highest premiere of an AMC show at 3.3 rating for adults 18-49.

The success for Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard’s first episode can be chalked up to a number of factors. The comic book already had a cult like following, and couple that with the show’s presence at San Diego Comic Con, where footage was first shown, hyping up the already hyped show. And of course, the show’s premiere on the scariest day of the year, well, who doesn’t want to watch zombies on Halloween.

It will be interesting to see what the ratings will be like in the following weeks, and hope that just because the show was on Halloween isn’t the reason why most people stayed up to watch it.

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