The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale Highest Rated of the Series; Cast Looks Ahead to Season 3 in New Video

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twdthumb - The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale Highest Rated of the Series; Cast Looks Ahead to Season 3 in New VideoIf last night’s Season 2 finale of “The Walking Dead” didn’t silence the naysayers, well, then, we suspect nothing will. It was the highest rated episode in the series’ history and brought the gory goods like we haven’t seen since Season 1. Now it’s time to look ahead in a new cast video.

Also, per usual, make sure you visit the official “The Walking Dead” page on, where you’ll find highlights of Episode 2.13, “Beside the Dying Fire”, along with an “inside look” at the ep, in which the cast of “The Walking Dead” explore the challenges and changes their characters face in the conclusion of the nail-biting second season.

First let’s look at the numbers:

The episode delivered a 5.8 HH rating delivering 9 million viewers. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is the Number One drama series in basic cable history for key demos including: Adults and Men 18-34, Adults and Men 18-49, and Adults and Men 25-54. The finale grew more than 50% in total viewers over Season One.

Source: The Nielsen Company. Live+SD, M-Su 8p-11p. (1993 – 3/18/12), Program Type: Original, Series- Drama, Telecast level among A/M 18-34, 18-49& 25-54 AA(000). TWD Su 9pm vs. weekly broadcast ranked on A/M18-34 & 18-49 AA (000) – excludes weeks 2/20-2/26/12 and 2/27-3/4/12 among A18-49 AA (000).

Key Nielsen Highlights for the Season Two finale of “The Walking Dead”:

9pm airing – 5.8 HH rating with 9 million viewers: +41%/+51% vs. Season 1 Finale
9pm airing – 6 million Adults 18-49: +50% vs Season 1 Finale
9pm airing – 5.3 million Adults 25-54: +50% vs Season 1 Finale
9 pm, 11:30 pm – cumed to 10.5 million viewers

Key Highlights for “The Walking Dead” – Season Two series:

o Season average – 4.6 HH RTG and 6.9 million viewers: 31% and 32% vs. Season One
o Adults 18-49 – 4.6 million: +32% vs. Season One
o Adults 25-54 – 4 million +32% vs. Season One

Congratulations to everyone associated with AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead,’ and thank you to the fans for creating, literally, record-setting television,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president.

We couldn’t agree more! Now on to the video in which Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori), Laurie Holden (Andrea), and Norman Reedus (Daryl) share a glimpse of what’s next for “The Walking Dead”.

Will Shane’s death unite or fracture the group? Who’s that cloaked stranger who saved Andrea? What’s up with that massive prison? “The Walking Dead” Season 2 finale poses many questions for Rick and his fellow survivors. In this new video, cast and crew address their hopes for what lies ahead. “This season leaves people at a point where they could fall off the edge or stay on,” says Steven Yeun (Glenn). “It’s bonkers.” Melissa McBride (Carol) predicts more conflict “and lots and lots of zombies.”

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