AMC announced today that The Walking Dead is the first cable television series in history that has achieved being the biggest show of the Fall season among the Adult 18-49 rating. The show beat out such broadcast hits as The Voice, Modern Family, X Factor, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Grey's Anatomy.
"Representing both the studio and the network as AMC does on this project, I speak for so many when I say 'thank you' and congratulations to everyone involved," said AMC President Charlie Collier. The records that The Walking Dead shattered today represent an enormous achievement of which we are so proud."
Sunday's mid-season finale reached 10.5 million viewers during its premiere. When it encored an hour later, it attracted an additional 3.6 million. When it encored again, it reached another 1.1 million. In total, 15.2 million people watched it on TV that night.
Of course, those broadcast shows don't have the benefit of such an encore schedule, but impressive nonetheless. Getting AMC back on Dish must have helped tremendously.
In a blog post, AMC says:
The Walking Dead Season 3 to date reigns as the number one ad supported drama series in basic cable history among total viewers, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, adults 18-34, men 18-49, men 25-54 and men 18-34. AMC resumes the final eight episodes of The Walking Dead Season 3 on Sun., Feb. 10 at 9/8c.
In addition, the Season 3 Midseason Finale of Talking Dead at 11PM attracted 2.2 million viewers. The live after show, hosted by Chris Hardwick, expands to a one-hour program on Sun., Feb. 10 at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead. Embassy Row's Michael Davies and Jen Patton serve as executive producers and Brandon Monk is co-executive producer.
The show has over 12 and a half million Facebook likes, and is cable's most mentioned show, based on Trendrr.tv data, according to AMC, who notes that it outranks WWE's Monday Night Raw and ESPN's Monday Night Football. That, too, is impressive.
For a look ahead at the second half of the season, which returns in February, check out these videos AMC put out.