It looks like that 17-month-long hiatus was worth the wait.
Mad Men's two-hour Season 5 premiere Sunday drew a series-record high of 3.5 million viewers, up 21 percent from the previous record and Season 4 premiere, which drew 2.9 million.
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"Mad Men set the bar high and we are incredibly proud that it continues to engage audiences looking for unexpected, unconventional and uncompromising television," Charlie Collier, AMC's president, said in a statement. "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. 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."
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The episode also attracted 1.6 million viewers in the adults 18-to-49 demographic (up 30 percent from the Season 4 opener) and 1.7 million in the adults 25-to-54 demo (up 17 percent).
Mad Men's success comes a week after The Walking Dead closed its second season to record ratings.
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