As it entered its third season last night, nothing was expected for AMC's "The Walking Dead" less of a very strong ratings performance. After two record-breaking seasons for cable TV, the adaptation of the Image Comics/Skybound series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard had already established itself as one of the winningest shows on TV in terms of sheer audience numbers. But even considering that, the response that came back for the "Seed" episode was surprising.
AMC has released word (found via Futon Critic) that last night's installment of the series was not only the highest-rated premiere for the show to date and not just the highest-rated cable premiere on record, but it was also the highest rated debut for any show on TV period.
"The 9pm ET premiere garnered 10.9 million viewers and a 7.4 HH rating making it the highest rated episode in series history, and growing more than 50% over last season's premiere," the PR read. "The season 3 premiere now reigns as the biggest telecast for any drama series in basic cable history among all viewers. "The Walking Dead" encored at 10pm with 3.5 million viewers and midnight with 850,000 viewers delivering 15.2 million viewers for the night."
Stay tuned to CBR this week for more on the series including a report from the Atlanta set of Season 3!