“The Walking Dead” continues to shatter ratings records. The Season 3 premiere of AMC’s popular drama had 10.9 million viewers at 9 p.m. and 15.2 million when factoring in the encore. It was up 50 percent compared to the Season 2 premiere.
“Thank you to the fans for making ‘The Walking Dead’ such a tremendous success. We are honored and humbled that television’s largest adult audience resides on AMC. So many people on both sides of the camera worked tirelessly on this project, and I thank and congratulate each of them for their amazing contribution,” Charlie Collier, president of AMC, said in a statement.
“The Walking Dead” Season 3 premiere not only set a series record, but also beat popular dramas “The Good Wife” (9 million viewers, 1.7 rating) and “Revenge” (8.2 million viewers, 2.7 rating) in total viewers and in the demo rating in the competitive 9 p.m. timeslot. According to AMC, “The Walking Dead” Season 3 premiere had 7.3 million adults in the 18-49 demographic. AMC reports “The Walking Dead’s” 18-49 demo viewership is more than any other show on both broadcast and cable this year. The premiere is also the biggest basic cable telecast ever amongst total viewers.
HOLY CRAP BALLS!! Now THAT was a premiere last night. I’m sooooooo excited THE WALKING DEAD is back…ya know what? Be on the lookout for my recaps – yeah, I think I’m going to start up a Walking Dead ‘after the show’ recap!