‘Walking Dead’ Comes Alive with Big Ratings for AMC

by | February 13, 2012 at 4:21 PM | TV News

The Riding Dead: Jeffrey DeMunn takes a breather on "The Walking Dead" (Photo: AMC)

The high-rated Grammy Awards on CBS Sunday night probably siphoned off viewers from a host of competing TV shows, but not from “The Walking Dead.”

The AMC zombie series lurched, lumbered, stumbled and staggered its way back onto TV Sunday night after a hiatus of several months to resume its second season (with the season’s eighth episode).

Viewership for the 9-10 p.m. hour (8-9c) amounted to 8.1 million, AMC announced Monday, citing Nielsen figures.

When you add on a second airing of the episode later in the evening, viewership rose to 10.1 million for the show, AMC said.

The numbers represent a modest improvement over this show’s already robust viewership, which means that, not only did the “Walking Dead” faithful choose the zombies over the Grammys, but a number of newcomers to the AMC show did too.

It was one of the best outings ever for an original drama series on basic cable, and proved that “The Walking Dead” still has legs (even if many of them are bent in unusual directions!). It also means that viewers are still enthralled by this series about a group of survivors living against all odds in a world taken over by undead who want to eat them.

The series took some hits last fall from critics and others who felt the action was a little too slow, and a little less intense than it had been in season one. More than 10 million viewers apparently disagree.

Watch Sunday night’s episode right here: