[TV] 12.3 Million People Watch “The Walking Dead” Rise Again

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Even the Grammy Awards can’t slow the momentum of AMC’s The Walking Dead,” which resumed its third season Sunday with record ratings, Variety reported.

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Preliminary estimates from Nielsen show “The Walking Dead” averaging a whopping 12.3 million viewers in its regular 9 p.m. timeslot and then adding 4.1 million viewers for a quickie repeat at 10. The previous high for a single telecast of the drama was the 10.87 million who tuned in for the third-season premiere at 10.

Compared to the second-half launch of its second season at this time a year ago, Sunday’s episode was up by 45% in adults 18-49 (7.7 million vs. 4.3 million) and by 52% in total viewers (12.3 million vs. 8.1 million). The year-ago winter premiere also went up against the Grammys, with last year’s show drawing an audience of nearly 40 million.

AMC ordered 16 episodes of “The Walking Dead” this season, with the first eight airing in the fall and the current eight wrapping the show’s third season on March 31.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Good. Fuck the Grammys. I tuned in and out, so I know I missed some stuff, because 100% of my attention was directed towards The Walking Dead. But what I DID see on The Grammys didn’t do anything for me, like at all.

  • wildgator25

    Yeah, me too. I tuned in around 10:30 or so and saw Carrie Underwood, which was ok. After that some shitty singer came on and sang a song called Forrest Gump!? I listened for 30 seconds and hit the mute button. I am so glad I don’t get invested in today’s music as much as I used to.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Yeah, I muted a lot of the performances. There were some good singers like Carrie and Kelly, but damn were there some bad ones too. With that said, I ended up watching all of the Grammy’s and caught one of the re-runs of TWD after that. Great episode.

  • EvilHead1981

    From what I seen of the Grammy’s, it was “The Year of the Hipster”. Too much hipster music…. urgh.

    Though, even though I’m glad so many like The Walking Dead, I found this past episode rather lackluster.

  • AndrewSoukup24

    Damn that is a lot of people…thought the episode dragged a little bit….the only good part was the beginning…the end part with Rick seeing the ghost and shit was kind of lame but I guess who knows what could happen if you really went through what he has.