The biggest show of the fall season among Adults 18-49 is on AMC. Last night, AMC premiered Season 3 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 9 PM 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 10 PM with 3.5 million viewers and midnight with 850,000 viewers delivering 15.2 million viewers for the night. In addition, the Season 2 premiere of Talking Dead at 11 PM attracted 2.1 million viewers, growing 85% over the season one premiere. Here's what said AMC president Charlie Collier had to say about the news.
"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."
AMC's The Walking Dead is available on every major television provider except DISH. DISH dropped AMC and its sister networks IFC, WE tv and Sundance Channel, to gain leverage in an unrelated lawsuit.
For the past two years, The Walking Dead has received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup (2012/2011). In 2010, The Walking Dead secured a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series - Drama. The Walking Dead tells the story of the months and years that follow the zombie apocalypse. It tracks a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safety and security.
Season 3 of The Walking Dead is already receiving rave reviews with the New York Post stating that the series is "flat-out scariest, best, most unusual show to ever hit the small screen is back, and I'm loving every sickening minute of it." Newsday states that Season 3, "doesn't disappoint." The Houston Chronicle declared that, "in less than two years, The Walking Dead has jumped into a crowded pop-culture pool of serial killers, vampires and dragons to become a darling of the horror fantasy set."