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'The Walking Dead' Earns Record Ratings for AMC

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 1st 2010 4:00PM
The Walking DeadIt was a gamble, but premiering 'The Walking Dead' on Halloween night paid off for AMC -- big time.

How big? To the tune of 5.3 million total viewers and a 3.6 million share in the 18-49 demo. According to the Live Feed, 'The Walking Dead' was AMC's biggest premiere ever and highest rated episode ever.

"It's a good day to be dead. We are so proud of this series, its depth of storytelling and the remarkable talent attached," AMC President Charlie Collier said in a statement. "As the network dedicated to bringing viewers the best stories on television, we are so pleased to have the opportunity with 'The Walking Dead' to raise the bar within this popular genre and continue our commitment to being the home of premium television on basic cable."

Factoring in 11:30PM and 1AM airings, 'The Walking Dead' (Sun., 10PM on AMC) pulled in a total of 8.1 million viewers and a household rating of 6.0.

The premiere pulled in the highest 18-49 share of any cable network premiere so far this year.

'The Walking Dead' tells the tale of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and a group of survivors living in the outskirts of Atlanta, desperately trying to hold onto their humanity while living through a zombie apocalypse. The series is based on the comic books by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard.

"'The Walking Dead' is that rare piece of programming that works on so many levels. It is legitimately great storytelling that is not only highly entertaining, but incredibly thought provoking as well," Joel Stillerman, senior vice president of original programming, production and digital content at AMC, said in a statement. "People who are familiar with the comic books know what's coming, but suffice it to say, this is only the beginning of a long, intense, and powerful ride. Long live 'The Walking Dead.'"

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Brent

Oh I'm sorry what a terrible slight against humanity and all that it stands for that 'JD' doesn't watch the shows you like on AMC. Quick someone call the television police and having this animal carted away.

I mean please, I might have watched breaking bad or mad men if I had started from the beginning but trying to watch an entire season on DVD had me fairly bored. Everyone's TV tastes are different genius.Imagine if we all loved 'Jersey Shore'. Thats a world I would not want to live in.

Walking dead I did watch and did really enjoy but it's the first AMC offering I will be watching regularly.

November 03 2010 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pingles

I can't speak for JD but I watch TV for entertainment, not to watch others suffer through miserable, realistic lives.

This is the first AMC show I've tried and I enjoyed it a great deal.

November 03 2010 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GrumpyOldMan

I never even know where AMC was on the box before, but found it for this!!
And bonus for a Jericho alum!!

November 02 2010 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cher

Never into watching zombies before, I watched to see Lennie James, one of my favorite actors after seeing him in Jericho. Hope he is in more episodes.

November 02 2010 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
m0nkey68

I just waanted to hear one of these Zombies utter the word BRAINS !

November 01 2010 at 10:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rodheffern

It was a great premiere episode and i would have missed it if I hadn't watched G4's AOTS (which DirecTV has pulled from it's lineup of cable networks!!)

November 01 2010 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
NYC Strong

Oh good! I was worried the AMC crowd would turn their noses up at Zombies. If this keeps up I can't wait to see how the rest of the novels are interpreted!

November 01 2010 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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JD

I don't think it's the crowd, I think it's the programming. This is the first AMC "original" that I have watched.

November 01 2010 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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