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'The Walking Dead' feasts on record ratings

October 17, 2011 |  4:54 pm

'The Walking Dead' gets record ratings

The zombies have returned — and they just devoured cable ratings records.

The Season 2 premiere of AMC's "The Walking Dead" gorged on 7.3 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That's an enormous audience — indeed, larger than many broadcast shows these days — although not a record. In 2009, the finale of USA's "Monk" hunted down 9.4 million.

However, "The Walking Dead" skews young, which is the kind of thing TV executives love to hear. In the crucial demographic of adults ages 18 to 49, the zombie extravaganza attracted 4.8 million viewers, the best ever for a basic-cable drama.

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Photo: A zombie enjoys a late lunch on AMC's "The Walking Dead." Credit: Gene Page/AMC.