October 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM EDT

The second episode of The Walking Dead‘s third season delivered another massive performance.

Just not quite as huge as last week, which is to be expected. A total of 9.5 million viewers tuned in, down 13 percent from last week’s record-setting premiere. Adding the show’s encore performance, Walking Dead had 14 million for the night. Compared to last season, Walking Dead is averaging a 45 percent larger audience so far this fall.

The numbers come on the heels of AMC striking a deal this weekend to end its carriage stand-off with Dish Network, bringing the major satellite distributor back into the fold in time for Sunday’s telecast.

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