It’s not surprising to anyone familiar with television that AMC’s smash-hit zombie drama The Walking Dead made its third season debut to incredible viewing numbers. After all, this is a show that got its third season greenlit in the middle of the second and picked up a fourth season before the third season even began filming. It’s a show that fans love, but AMC has to be surprised by the records shattered by Sunday’s episode. The Walking Dead became the most-watched basic cable program in television history, breaking its own record for most-watched episode with a staggering 10.9 million viewers.
“Thank you to the fans for making The Walking Dead such a tremendous success. We are honored and humbled that television’s largest adult audience resides on AMC. So many people on both sides of the camera worked tirelessly on this project, and I thank and congratulate each of them for their amazing contribution,” said AMC president Charlie Collier.
When you add in the repeat airing at 10, The Walking Dead brought in 15.2 million viewers for the night. It also shattered the cable record for viewers in the profitable 18-49, when it brought home 7.3 million viewers, besting shows like Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory in the process. This despite being up against HBO hit Boardwalk Empire and Showtime stalwart Dexter!
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