Zombies are not only good for scares, they're also good for business. 


Just ask AMC, which despite being dropped by DISH Network earlier this year, managed to surprise everyone by once again raising the bar and shattering basic cable television records. According to the latest numbers, the season 3 premiere of "The Walking Dead" averaged 10.9 million viewers and a whopping 5.8 million adults 18-49 rating. That's a big increase over the mid-season 2 premiere and now ranks as the biggest telecast of any drama series in basic-cable history.


"Thank you to the fans for making 'The Walking Dead' such a tremendous success. We are honored and humbled that television's largest adult audience resides on AMC. So many people on both sides of the camera worked tirelessly on this project, and I thank and congratulate each of them for their amazing contribution," AMC President Charlie Collier said late Monday.


In total, factoring in repeats, AMC managed to snag more than 15.2 million viewers for the season 3 premiere. 


If you happened to miss the episode and want to catch up, check it out in its entirety below. 


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'Walking Dead' premiere consumes ratings records
Despite the loss of DISH Network subscribers, AMC makes ratings history with the premiere of season 3 of 'The Walking Dead.'