Sunday's season premiere of AMC's "The Walking Dead" attracted a record-breaking 16.1 million viewers, making it the highest-rated episode in the show's history.

Not only that, but it beat out the series finale of "Breaking Bad", which drew 10.3 million viewers.

AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement, "Sincere thanks to the fans, who have welcomed The Walking Dead back for its fourth season with the highest-rated episode in the show's history. We could not be more proud of this show and everyone on both sides of the camera who work so hard to give life to this story of character, leadership and survival. It starts with series creator, writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman, show runner and executive producer Scott Gimple, and the director of last night's episode (and the man behind the make-up) executive producer Greg Nicotero, their fellow executive producers and an extraordinary cast and crew who are giving their all every day. So clearly, thanks to them, the dead have never been more alive."