December 4, 2012

Mid-Season Finale of The Walking Dead Nets 10.5 Million Viewers

While many of us are still reeling from the sheer awesome-sauce that was the mid-season finale of AMC's The Walking Dead, which aired Sunday, news has come in via an AMC press release that Sunday's broadcast netted a whopping 10.5 million viewers.

  This makes the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead the biggest show to air that night among the 18-49 age demographic, beating out other cable and network programs:
“New York – December 3, 2012 – AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is the first cable series in television history to reign as the biggest show of the fall season among Adult 18-49 rating, beating all broadcast and cable entertainment series including “The Voice,” “Modern Family,” “X Factor,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Last night, the 9PM premiere of “The Walking Dead’s” mid-season finale delivered 10.5 million viewers. The series encored at 10PM and then again at midnight, delivering an additional 3.6 million & 1.1 million viewers respectively, totaling 15.2 million viewers for the night. With Live plus 7, “The Walking Dead” adds another 3.4 million viewers a week on average. “The Walking Dead” Season 3 to date reigns as the number one ad supported drama series in basic cable history among total viewers, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, adults 18-34, men 18-49, men 25-54 and men 18-34. AMC resumes the final eight episodes of “The Walking Dead” season three on Sunday, February 10th at 9pm EST.” [via AMC press release]
Compared to last season's painfully slow and meandering first-half, the recent storyline has been positively electric. With conflicts taking place over multiple locations (the Prison and Woodbury), with enigmatic and shocking new characters (the Governor and Michonne), and the return of a fan-favorite villain from season one coupled with the shocking deaths of more than one long-standing cast member, it's no wonder that The Walking Dead has reached such ratings heights.

Frankly, The Walking Dead has never been been better.