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By James Hibberd
Updated October 17, 2011 at 07:00 PM EDT
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Wow: AMC’s The Walking Dead came back stronger than ever. Sunday’s season 2 premiere rolled up 7.3 million viewers. If you count the show’s repeat, that number climbs to 11 million.

The 90-minute Walking Dead return is up 38 percent compared to its Halloween-night debut last year, and is bigger than its finale too — so this is a series high. Last year, if you’ll recall, the numbers started big and actually managed to improve throughout the six-episode run (the finale delivered 6 million viewers). Walking Dead also delivered a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49, which is the real trick (a few cable drama like The Closer have really big audiences, but their average age is mostly above the demo — and this is bigger than most broadcast shows last week). This is more adults in the demo than any basic cable series in history.

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The Walking Dead

AMC's zombie thriller, based on the classic comic book serial created by Robert Kirkman.

type
  • TV Show
seasons
  • 10
rating
  • TV-14
genre
creator
  • Frank Darabont
network
  • AMC
stream service

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