Geez. Lots and lots of people watch AMC’s The Walking Dead. Need proof? Well, last night’s Season 3 Midseason Premiere brought in a record 12.3 million viewers during the initial 9/8c broadcast. The previous record was 10.9 million viewers from the Season 3 Premiere on Oct. 14, 2012. The episode is also the strongest telecast for a series in basic cable history for adults 18-49 with 7.7 million viewers. The show’s encore broadcasts at 11/10c and 2AM/1c delivered an additional 16.6 million viewers for the night.
“When you look at numbers like this, the first thing that comes to mind is how grateful we are to the fans of this show. They embrace The Walking Dead in a way that we wanted to believe was possible but we never take for granted,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president. “The cast and crew put everything they have into making this show. They’re a phenomenally talented group who truly give their all. We congratulate everyone involved.”
Even the show that just talks about The Walking Dead brought in a pretty big number of viewers. Talking Dead, which airs at 10/9c and is hosted by Chris Hardwick, brought in 4.1 million viewers. This recap of the show’s events was expanded to a full hour for the final eight episodes of Season 3.
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