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The Walking Dead Sets Ratings Record With Season Premiere

It seems
as long as the zombies keep piling up for Rick Grimes and company so
too will the ratings for The Walking Dead. The second season
premiere of AMC’s hit horror series not only beat out its own
impressive numbers from last year, but set a new record for cable
television. Drawing in 7.3 million viewers in total for it’s
premiere, with encore airings adding to that number, “What Lies
Ahead” also earned the highest ratings in the 18-49 and 25-54
demographics to ever be recorded for cable.

Besting
the 2002 premiere of USA’s
The
Deadzone
, The
Walking Dead
brought in 4.8
million viewers in the key 18-49 demo and 4.1 million of the 25-54
year-old crowd. Those numbers put it up 36% in the key demo over the
series’ first season premiere. AMC President Charlie Collier
expressed his joy for the show’s incredible commercial success; “That
The Walking Dead
is now the most-watched drama in the history of basic cable is
staggering, just like our zombies.”

AMC’s
companion piece, The Talking Dead, also had a fair start to
its run. The post-episode wrap-up and discussion series hosted by
Chris Hardwick kicked off with 1.2 million total viewers for it’s
premiere following the first encore of “What Lies Ahead.”

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