cast shot mad men season five gallery 400 'Mad Men': Season 5 opener delivers highest rated episodeNot surprisingly, viewers tuned in to watch the first “Mad Men” episode to air since the show wrapped up its fourth season 17 months ago. According to a press release from AMC, Sunday’s (March 25) Season 5 premiere drew 3.5 million viewers, a 21 percent jump from Season 4’s premiere.

That’s good news for the show, which has no shortage of prestige with four Emmy wins for Outstanding Drama Series under its belt. It’s up significantly over Season 4’s average of 2.4 million viewers and a long way from Season 1, which averaged about 925,000 viewers per episode.

“For each of the five ‘Mad Men’ seasons Matthew Weiner and his team have crafted a beautifully told story and each season a larger audience has responded; a rare accomplishment,” says AMC president Charlie Collier in a statement. “We couldn’t be more proud of this program, the brilliant writers, cast and crew, and the entire team on each side of the camera.”  

Still, it’s millions below AMC’s runaway hit, “The Walking Dead,” which shattered records with 9 million viewers when its Season 2 finale aired on March 18.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson