The Walking Dead Smashes Viewing Ratings

The second season premiere has become the most watched cable premiere in a decade

The Walking Dead’s season two premiere was greeted by 7.3 million outstretched arms and staring faces when it debuted in the US on Sunday night. This statistic makes it the biggest basic-cable premiere since The Dead Zone back in 2002. What’s more is that if you count those who watched the repeated airings, you get a whopping 11 million hungry viewers. It seems the zombie thriller show is following in True Blood’s success and recruiting more fans with every season, as the first averaged just over 5 million. Surely a third season is on the cards; AMC president Charlie Collier is certainly proud, saying:

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. … That The Walking Dead is now the most watched drama in the history of basic cable is staggering, just like our zombies.”