‘The Walking Dead’ Breaks More Basic Cable Ratings Records In Midseason Premiere

Grammys? What Grammys? Airing against the second most watched Grammy Awards in history, AMC’s mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead at 9 PM posted rating records of its own. The zombie drama hit series highs in all categories with remarkable 8.1 million total viewers, 5.4 million adults 18-49 and 4.4 million adults 25-54. The Walking Dead‘s 18-49 and 25-54 deliveries were the highest ever for a basic cable drama series, beating the previous record, posted by the AMC zombie series’ Season 2 opener in October by 12% and 6% respectively. In total viewers, The Walking Dead‘s midseason debut ranks behind only the series finale of USA’s Monk and 4 episodes of TNT’s juggernaut The Closer. For the night, The Walking Dead averaged 10.1 million viewers, including the 11 PM and 12:30 AM encores. At 10PM, the premiere of Kevin Smith’s unscripted series Comic Book Men held onto a quarter of its huge lead-in, drawing 2 million total viewers. “It is a great night for AMC,” the network’s president Charlie Collier said. “We’re thrilled to see this incredible record breaking response to The Walking Dead, and Comic Book Men is off to a strong start as well.”


Comments (49)

  • It also broke the record for the most pointless, boring season opener in history. This show has become a tedious snooze-fest. I, for one, will not be watching next week.

    Comment by Formerfan — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 1:45pm PST  
    • Yes. It was no Downton Abbey. That’s for sure.

      Comment by Lord Grantham — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 1:53pm PST  
    • So next week will be 8.1 million minus 1.

      I expect Comic Book Men to be down about 65 percent next weekend. Talk about a snooze-fest.

      Comment by Here In Flyover — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 1:56pm PST  
      • -2

        Comment by Joe Jackson — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 2:49pm PST  
      • Nope. That guy will still watch. If he hated the season opener, and still came back, he’ll be back again.

        Comment by no — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 3:15pm PST  
    • See you next week!

      Comment by JohnDoe — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 3:53pm PST  
    • Completely agree! – what happened to the post-apocalyptic excitement of the first season! – feels like they spend the entire show talking about their feelings. The ONLY decent scene was with the two drifters killed in the bar – I had to watch a whole hour for that.

      Also can someone muffle Collier – what a tool.

      Comment by frank w. — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 4:03pm PST  
    • It’s not even a season opener for starters. It’s still Season 2 dude. Duh…

      Comment by Maharlika — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 5:10pm PST  
  • Would love to see COMIC BOOK MENs numbers at 10:16PM after all the Walking Dead fans saw next weeks preview and changed the channel after sitting trough 15 mins of this horrible show. No chance it lasts more than a season.

    Comment by Chris Carter — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 1:48pm PST  
    • That is when I changed it, but it has to cost close to nothing to make so I could see it lasting more than one season

      Comment by Joe Jackson — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 2:50pm PST  
  • I usually love the show, but last night’s episode was really slow and kind of boring.

    Comment by No One Of Consequence — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 1:54pm PST  
  • Funny how online comments fail to correspond at all to the show’s ratings. Which is a good object lesson for showrunners: ignore the online whiners, they aren’t where your paycheck is coming from.

    Comment by scifi_fan — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 1:55pm PST  
    • No, online comments are like the stock market. The stock market is a leading indicator of investor and consumer confidence in the economy.

      Online comments indicate viewer confidence – and interest – in the direction of a television show.

      Admittedly, “they aren’t where your paycheck is coming from.” Their paychecks come from faceless corporate suits who could care less about them or their show.

      The commenters are not your agents or toadies or friends or nephews. They watch your fucking show and they will tell your arrogant ass the truth.

      And the truth is, WALKING DEAD has amazing actors, amazing photography, amazing stunts and effects… BUT THE WRITERS ARE FAILING. The plots are dull and random. The dialogue is a series of terrible speeches.

      The writers need to get up off their bitch asses and write a show worthy of the elements someone else assembled for them.

      Comment by It Hurts because it's True — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 8:24pm PST  
      • Hi, Frank D — nice to know you’re still watching, despite getting your ass fired last summer!

        Comment by T-Dog — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 9:10pm PST  
  • “We’re thrilled to see this incredible record breaking response to The Walking Dead, and Comic Book Men is off to a strong start as well.”

    Regarding CBM…this comment seems a but perfunctory.

    Comment by Taylor — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 1:55pm PST  
  • It’s funny how the haters for this show keep growing, every week more people talk about how terrible this show.

    Yet, it’s ratings just keep getting higher and higher, it’s like having people hate Your show is the ultimate strategy to get higher ratings.

    Comment by Randall — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 1:56pm PST  
  • What amazes me is that in 60 years NO ONE else has come up with a better ratings system than the Nielsen’s. And in this day and age there has got to be a far better method with far better accuracy. 18-49 & 25-54? Who comes up with these age ranges? FAR too wide. I am at age 46, not remotely interested in the same programming, products & services that I was at age 18. The age ranges need to be smaller. 18-21, 21-28, 28-35, 35-40, etc. I think they would be amazed at how much better they could advertise, sell and market their products with more accurate demographics. And talk about a monopoly–the only company in the U.S. to offer this service? Really?!

    Comment by Mary — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 2:36pm PST  
  • In regards to the comments of the show being slow/boring, episodes showing the characters development are needed. If the episodes turn into a horror movie of sorts revolving soley around killing zombies there will be no storyline. Without a storyline it will quickly become boring with every episode being the same thing.

    Comment by WalkingDeadGirl — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 2:44pm PST  
  • It is sad to me what the public doesn’t know. Which is how utterly horribly this production treats the majority of its people…shooting in the sweltering heat of Georgia in the summer, beating down everyone on the crew on pay while trying to screw them out of whatever they can contractually and worst of all those poor extras–all those zombies you see for the most part. They are in prosthetic make-up, sticky fake blood and wool clothing, not to mention the contact lenses they are made to wear for far too long. And how do this show’s producers reward them? Minimum wage. That’s right, these people make $58.00 a day! (for 8 hours; it is $101.50 for a full 12 hour day which is standard on a film set). They make millions & pay the overworked worker bee as little as is required by law. The corporate machine at work folks–it ain’t just Wall Street–it’s rampant in these movies and TV shows you all just drool over. Despicable.

    Comment by Janice — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 2:46pm PST  
    • Hell yeah….not to spin out on the political kick on a zombie thread, but for all the progressive bullshit Hollywood likes to spew, its really a third world country where you have the “haves” at the top of the pile, and everyone else fighting to get by.

      Comment by Anonymous — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 4:40pm PST  
    • You know nothing of our profession or why we do what we do.

      Comment by actor — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 11:42pm PST  
    • Well, the zombies ARE brain dead…..aren’t they? What do you expect?

      Comment by George — Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 4:40pm PST  
  • I personally like season 2. Yes it is a little bit slow… but that is what sets it apart from the other zombie things out there. I get bored with just non stop action. When it;s just action action action all the time I get no chance to really figure out the characters. Since I care about the characters it’s nice to see some development for them. I don’t mind the pace at all. This is what sets it apart. It’s not just mindless killing, explosions, fights etc, all the time. It also has some drama and actually makes the characters act instead of running around chopping heads off all the time. So if you don’t like it you don’t like it. But there are some of us who have no problem with the pacing of the story.

    Comment by Kimberly — Monday February 13, 2012 @ 2:52pm PST  
    • Same thing with me. I hate zombie movies because there’s really no storyline, but when they create a drama it’s gotta be storyline first, zombie killing second.

      Comment by Hibsta — Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 8:02am PST  
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