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‘Walking Dead’ runs away with ratings

- February 11th, 2013

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If Grammy organizers are wondering where their viewers went last night, they need only look at ‘The Walking Dead’ ratings to get an answer.

The AMC zombie show has been a monster hit for the network since it debuted back in 2010 and has consistently shattered new records with each new season or mid-season debut.

The third season of  ‘Dead’ resumed Sunday to a basic-cable record 12.3 million viewers in the 9 PM ET slot, with another 4.1 million joining the party when the show repeated an hour later, according to preliminary Nielsen data.

Not too shabby.

‘Dead’ was up 45% in the coveted 18-49 demographic and up 52% in total viewers from the second season premiere last winter.

And guess which show held the previous record for a telecast drama? Yup. It was ‘The Walking Dead’ third season debut episode which nabbed 10.87 millions viewers last year.

Did you watch last night’s episode? What did you think about it?

How long do you think these ratings will last?

Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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6 comments

  1. Dave | February 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Great show. One of the best 2 or 3 on TV.

  2. Franco | February 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Great show that keeps getting better. Last night wasn’t the best episode, but it set the table for the rest of the season, and I’m looking forward to next week.

  3. Timothy | February 11, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    If the two choices are watching a bunch of drooling, violent, brain dead people, and watching The Walking Dead, well, sorry Grammy Awards, you’re not getting my vote. Music has become so over produced, so auto tuned…it’s terrible. When Glee outsells the Beatles, there’s something wrong. When Katy Perry and Justin Bieber are both considered musicians and both need software to get those voices, there’s something wrong. When Chris Brown can still be treated as an equal after everything he’s done…there’s something wrong.

    And then you have The Walking Dead…a show AMC keeps disrespecting (they give Mad Men way more money and exposure, and get nothing much for it) and yet it keeps plowing forward, destroying all in its path. Even though last night’s episode wasn’t the greatest, it was still better than the alternative.

  4. Dave S | February 12, 2013 at 6:57 am

    I was highly skeptical about TWD when my friend told me about the series. I reluctantly watched S1E1 on the DVD he lent me. WOW! It was so good that I’ve purchased S1 and S2 on Blu-ray. Gritty and suspenseful. Our friends Ang and Ray are now hooked after years at making fun of the show. Schmoopie is still holding out but I’m working on her. It’s just a matter of time before everyone will be glued to their TV sets at 9PM every Sunday night.

  5. Mark | February 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Got hooked on the first episode!!! Then the wife was wondering what “type” of show it was…She’s now as hooked as I am and doesn’t stop mentioning the fantastic special effects they show!!! (And I’m supposed to be the “grossed out” guy??? :)

  6. Neil | February 13, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Great show started to watch when it first came out now whole family sets sunday night for it we watch as a family every wk never miss

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