"Walking Dead" Rides Ratings High At End

Mon, December 6th, 2010 at 1:58pm PST | Updated: December 6th, 2010 at 2:04pm

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At this point, can any other assumption be made than that zombies will be re-animated on cable TV for a long while to come?

For its season finale, the AMC adaptation of Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard's Image series "The Walking Dead" again earned its highest ratings yet, with six millions viewers logging in for its live debut Sunday night.

The Hollywood Reporter has the numbers for the episode "TS-19" which was co-written by executive producer Frank Darabont. Aside from the six million total viewers (a 9% increase from last week), the episode drew in four million adults 18-49, and the numbers stayed strong in the later rebroadcast bringing the total to 8.1 million viewers on the night. The series will now have to wait until next Halloween for the story to continue in its second season.

In the age of DVR, networks are desperate to make "event TV" happen where viewers would rather watch programs live as they happen, and that appears to be the case with "The Walking Dead." However, it can also be speculated that increases have come to the show's live broadcast each week thanks to internet and OnDemand viewing leading to additional buzz on the series.

For more, check out The Hollywood Reporter and stay tuned to CBR and Spinoff Online for more on "The Walking Dead."

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