Walking DeadThere's no stopping these zombies!

"The Walking Dead" returned Sunday for its fifth season with record-breaking ratings - 17.3 million viewers and an 8.7 share of advertiser-coveted 18-49 adults (that's about 11 million people).

That's 1 million total viewers more than last season's premiere and 1.7 million more than the season 4 finale. Not only that, in the demo, "The Walking Dead" even beat the NFL, both NBC's "Sunday Night Football" and Fox's overrun.

The continued growth made AMC's decision to renew the show for a sixth a no-brainer (insert zombie joke here).

"It's a Dead man's party. Who could ask for more?" said AMC president Charlie Collie in a statement. "Enormous thanks to our friends and executive producers Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero - who also directed last night's terrific premiere - Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and Tom Luse and all of their fellow producers, cast and crew for everything they do to make the #1 show on television such a unique and incredible experience for the fans."

And with the network working on a spinoff, it seems like there will no end to zombies crawling out of our screens.

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