AMC announced today that the Season 2 premiere of “The Walking Dead” received 7.3 million total viewers last night. Here is AMC’s press release on the premiere:
Last nights season two premiere of AMCs original series, The Walking Dead delivered the strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history. The season two premiere delivered 4.8 million Adults 18-49 and 4.2 million Adults 25-54 shattering a basic cable record set nearly 10 years ago for a single drama telecast. The program delivered a 4.8 HH rating netting 7.3 million total viewers. These results represent a 36% and 38% increase respectively over season ones series average on AMC. Season ones series average delivered the most A18-49 viewers for a drama in basic cable history.
Key Nielsen Highlights for the season two premiere of The Walking Dead:
● 9pm airing 4.8 HH rating with 7.3 million viewers a 36%/38% increase respectively over last years season average
● 9pm airing Adults 18-49 delivered 4.8 million viewers; a 36% increase over last years season average
● 9pm airing Adults 25-54 delivered 4.2 million viewers; a 35% increase over last years average.
● 9 pm, 10:30pm and 12:30am airings cumed to 11 million viewers
AMCs season one of The Walking Dead had a series average of 3.5 million Adults 18-49 making it then the most watched drama series in basic cable history for the demo. The season averaged 5.2 million total viewers.
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. Were so proud of and grateful for the amazing team on both sides of the camera who works so hard and is so committed to making this a unique programming event, said Charlie Collier, AMCs president. That The Walking Dead is now the most watched drama in the history of basic cable is staggering, just like our zombies.