The Walking Dead Season Two Premiere Breaks Record for Basic Cable

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After receiving information on the ratings for last night’s Season Two premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, it certainly looks like zombies are no longer just the property of the horror community, and the mainstream has embraced them like never before. Read on for the details of how many records it broke for both basic cable and the series itself.

From the Press Release:
Last night’s Season Two premiere of AMC’s original series “The Walking Dead” delivered the strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history. The Season Two premiere delivered 4.8 million Adults 18-49 and 4.2 million Adults 25-54, shattering a basic cable record set nearly 10 years ago for a single drama telecast. The program delivered a 4.8 HH rating, netting 7.3 million total viewers. These results represent a 36% and 38% increase, respectively, over Season One’s series average on AMC. Season One’s series average delivered the most A18-49 viewers for a drama in basic cable history.

Key Nielsen highlights for the Season Two premiere are as follows:

● 9:00 pm airing – 4.8 HH rating with 7.3 million viewers, a 36%/38% increase, respectively, over last year’s season average
● 9:00 pm airing – Adults 18-49 delivered 4.8 million viewers, a 36% increase over last year’s season average
● 9:00 pm airing – Adults 25-54 delivered 4.2 million viewers, a 35% increase over last year’s average.
● 9:00 pm, 10:30 pm, and 12:30 am airings – Cumed to 11 million viewers

AMC’s Season One of “The Walking Dead” had a series average of 3.5 million Adults 18-49, making it then the most watched drama series in basic cable history for the demo. The season averaged 5.2 million total viewers.

“‘The Walking Dead’ is one of those rare television programs that reaches both a core genre fan as well as broad audiences simply looking for a great, character-based story. We’re so proud of and grateful for the amazing team on both sides of the camera who works so hard and is so committed to making this a unique programming event,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president. “That ‘The Walking Dead’ is now the most watched drama in the history of basic cable is staggering, just like our zombies.”

In this latest season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” TV series, the survivors arrive at Hershel’s Farm, where we meet Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson); his daughter, Maggie (Lauren Cohan); and middle-aged ranch foreman Otis (Pruitt Taylor Vince).

The new cast members join series regulars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes, Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh, Laurie Holden as Andrea, Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale, Steven Yeun as Glenn, and Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.

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  • Terminal

    Had no doubts about the season premiere! I’m glad.

Debi Moore

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