‘The Walking Dead’ Is Unstoppable, Ratings Return Bigger Than Ever

by | February 11, 2013 at 4:38 PM | Midseason TV 2013, The Walking Dead

Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker of "The Walking Dead" (Photo: AMC)

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is absolutely on fire, storming back to TV screens Sunday night with a new ratings record for its midseason premiere.

Yeah, you’ve heard that before … and, once again, the zombies are attacking the ratings in full force: Sunday’s new episode delivered 12.3 million viewers and a 6.1 rating in the key adults 18-49 demo, establishing a new series high, up 6% from its previous record for October’s Season 3 premiere. When combined with the encore airings later Sunday night, the numbers rose to 16.6 million viewers.

It’s an unbelievable surge for a cable series, one that was up against the Grammy Awards to boot, and one that was coming off a two-month winter break, as “The Walking Dead” marches on with the final eight episodes of this unprecedented ratings-slaying third season.

Just goes to show that “The Walking Dead” is more alive than most of the broadcast shows on right now, with averages even topping popular shows like “NCIS” and “Modern Family” in the 18-49 demo.

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“When you look at numbers like this, the first thing that comes to mind is how grateful we are to the fans of this show,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president, in a statement. “They embrace The Walking Dead in a way that we wanted to believe was possible but we never take for granted.The cast and crew put everything they have into making this show. They’re a phenomenally talented group who truly give their all. We congratulate everyone involved.”

“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.

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