The Walking Dead season 3 has recently returned from taking a break for over a month and the series hasn’t lost a step. Sunday night’s mid-season return of the apocalyptic zombie show has come back to record-breaking ratings.
Going up against the Grammys, The Walking Dead drama had 12.3 million viewers in adults 18-49 rating, which is the largest audience the show has ever seen.
AMC, the channel which airs The Walking Dead, released a statement saying,
“These results shatter the hit series’ previous record with an increase of +6% (A18-49) over the October 14, 2012 season three premiere. The Walking Dead season 3 series average for adults 18-49 delivers 6.8 million outperforming other television series season averages including Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Two and A Half Men, and NCIS. In addition to the 9 PM premiere, the show encored at 11 PM, midnight and 2am, delivering 16.6 million viewers for the night.”
The president of AMC, Charlie Collier spoke about the success saying, “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.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.”
Boasting astonishing numbers of this caliber the series is likely to get even bigger. More people are going to read these results and tune in just to see what the big deal is about the show. For those who don’t know, The Walking Dead is based on a comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, which focuses on the world after a zombie apocalypse. After waking up from a coma, police officer Rick Grimes, is on a hunt for his family in a world riddled by zombies.