AMC’s ‘Walking Dead’ Sets Cable TV Viewer Record

Hit Zombie series The Walking Dead broke a cable viewer record last night when the season 2 debut attracted 7.3 million viewers, shattering the previous record held by Kyra Sedgwick’s TNT series The Closer.

That number of viewers is up from the shows Halloween night premiere in 2010 when 5.2 million people tuned in to make the show an immediate and surprising hit.

Not only did The Walking Dead win the nights best ratings it also attracted 4.8 million viewers in the all important 18-49 demograhic, more than any other basic cable drama in the history of their category.

Speaking about the show’s season 2 success Charlie Collier, President of AMC said:

“The Walking Dead is one of those rare television programs that reaches both a core genre fan as well as broad audiences simply looking for a great, character-based story. We’re so proud of and grateful for the amazing team on both sides of the camera who works so hard and is so committed to making this a unique programming event. That The Walking Dead is now the most watched drama in the history of basic cable is staggering, just like our zombies.”

Did you happen to catch the season premiere of The Walking Dead? Did you find the premiere to be worth the number of visitors it received?

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