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'Walking Dead' returns on AMC with appetite for record ratings

February 13, 2012 |  2:01 pm

The Walking Dead

"The Walking Dead" is very much alive.

The midseason premiere of the AMC post-apocalyptic drama about survivors battling flesh-eating zombies scored winning ratings Sunday, shattering its own record and ranking it as the strongest drama telecast in basic cable history among key demographic groups.

The series drew 8.1 million viewers in its 9 p.m. premiere, and delivered a total of 10.1 million viewers for the night. More than 5.4 million adults 18-49 and 4.4 million adults 25-54 tuned in, which improves on the  previous record held by the Season 2 premiere of the series by 12% and 6%, respectively.


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Photo: Andrew Lincoln in scene from "The Walking Dead." Credit: Scott Garfield / AMC