Though my review was glowing, complimentary and full of praise, it looks like the real reward for the premiere of AMC’s brand new series The Walking Dead came in the form of outstanding ratings with its Halloween debut. THR is reporting that the near-feature-length opener attracted a whopping 5.3 million viewers and a 3.3 rating amongst the most coveted demographic of adults aged 18-49. Apparently that’s the largest demographic draw from any series premiere on any of the cable networks for the entire year. And if that wasn’t good enough, the series premiere was also the highest rated premiere for any series in AMC’s original programming history.
AMC’s Senior Vice President of original programming says, “The Walking Dead is that rare piece of programming that works on so many levels. It is legitimately great storytelling that is not only highly entertaining, but incredibly thought provoking as well. People who are familiar with the comic books know what’s coming, but suffice it to say, this is only the beginning of a long, intense, and powerful ride. Long live The Walking Dead.” That’s what I’m talkin’ about! It sounds like AMC is has quite a huge hit on their hands, and unless something goes drastically wrong, or a zombie apocalypse actually spreads across the country, it’s very likely we’ll get plenty more seasons of The Walking Dead in the future.