“Mad Men” returns strong after a 17 month absence











AMC’s acclaimed drama Mad Men returned last night with a bang, attracting its largest audience ever for a season premiere.

The two-hour, fifth season premiere of Mad Men attracted 3.5 million viewers, up 4% from the season 4 premiere. Mad Men also saw huge gains in the all important 18-49 demo, rising 30% compared to the season 4 premiere, attracting 1.6 million viewers in that age group.

After the 11p.m. encore, Mad Men‘s total audience was 4.4 million viewers.

The numbers for Mad Men didn’t shatter record books like the second season premiere of The Walking Dead (11 million total viewers), but after a 17 month absence, its great news to AMC that viewers are still flocking to their most known and acclaimed drama series.

Mad Men airs Sunday nights at 10p.m. on AMC.

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