Last night’s season premiere of The Walking Dead was not only lauded by many critics as a return to form for the series after a lackluster season 2, but it also broke some records in viewership. Here’s a press release from AMC explain with what, why and how:
The biggest show of the fall season among Adults 18-49 is on AMC. Last night, AMC premiered season three of “The Walking Dead” and outdelivered cable and broadcast hits including “Hatfields & McCoys,” “Jersey Shore,” “Modern Family,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Voice.”
The 9pm ET premiere garnered 10.9 million viewers and a 7.4 HH rating making it the highest rated episode in series history, and growing more than 50% over last season’s premiere. The season 3 premiere now reigns as the biggest telecast for any drama series in basic cable history among all viewers. “The Walking Dead” encored at 10pm with 3.5 million viewers and midnight with 850,000 viewers delivering 15.2 million viewers for the night.
Or to put in different terms, as Hitfix’s Daniel Fienberg pointed out on Twitter, the premiere of The Walking Dead was watched by more people than the premieres of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Killing and Hell on Wheels combined with still lots of viewers left over. You people just can’t get enough of your zombies can you?
The Walking Dead airs Sunday on AMC (as if you didn’t know).
Source: Coming Soon