AMC's 'The Walking Dead' aired its midseason finale Sunday (Dec. 2) - bringing to a close eight episodes of season three undead action and cementing its reign as one of basic cables top performing dramas. 


Sunday's episode, titled "Made to Suffer," scored a remarkable 10.5 million total viewers in its initial broadcast at 9 p.m. (and 15.2 million for the night, counting two encores.) - down only a fraction from its October season three premiere. For comparison, that number is more than 58% higher than last year's viewership for the season two midseason finale. 


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But the most important stat - and one that figures to push/rush development of other series with similar themes is this: "The Walking Dead's" ratings in the coveted 18-49 average has topped, for the first time ever, all other fall series — cable or broadcast. That's simply incredible. HBO, who famously passed on the series, has got to be kicking themselves. 


“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,” AMC president Charlie Collier said. “The records that The Walking Dead shattered today represent an enormous achievement of which we are so proud."


AMC should probably start working on their "congratulations" ratings press release now for the return of season three next year. The last eight episodes start their run on February 10th. 



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Nothing can stop 'The Walking Dead' ratings
AMC's post-apocalyptic series is the No. 1 ad-supported drama series in basic cable history among total viewers.