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'Walking Dead' finale draws record ratings

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AMC’s The Walking Dead finale set a ratings record for the network, clocking a truly impressive 9 million viewers.

The second season closer was the show’s highest-rated episode ever (and AMC’s most-watched episode of regular series television ever). A full 6 million of those viewers were among adults 18-49, too, which is quite a trick to pull off. Walking Dead ranks as the top-rated show in cable history among the adult demo. (Watch, now AMC executives will think: “If we cut the budget again, the ratings will go up even higher!”)

I got to see last night’s episode at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin where fans literally cheered Rick saving Herschel and the appearance of Michonne. For more, check out EW’s interview with writer-producer Robert Kirkman about the finale, and see our item about which actress is going to be under the hood to play a sword-wielding badass.