“The Walking Dead,” the terror-filled zombie series on AMC that debuted last night, is generating great reviews, tons of buzz and better than that for AMC, lots of viewers. So many, in fact, “The Walking Dead” boasts the highest rated premiere on cable so far this year. Could it be because it premiered on Halloween and everyone was looking for something spooky to watch? Or parents are searching for entertainment the polar opposite of Barney? No matter the reasons, if the reviews and buzz are any indication, and the ratings bonanza continues, fans can count on a second season.
The premiere titled “Days Gone By” was viewed by 5.3 million people last night — the largest audience ever for an AMC original series. The episode also pulled in 3.6 million adults in the 18-49 age demographic, and became the highest-rated cable series to premiere in 2010.
Smartly, AMC ran it again at 11:30 pm after its initial premiere, bringing the tally to 8.1 million viewers for the night.
“It’s a good day to be dead. We are so proud of this series, its depth of storytelling and the remarkable talent attached,” said AMC president Charlie Collier in an official statement. “As the network dedicated to bringing viewers the best stories on television, we are so pleased to have the opportunity with The Walking Dead to raise the bar within this popular genre and continue our commitment to being the home of premium television on basic cable.”
“The Walking Dead is that rare piece of programming that works on so many levels,” said AMC SVP of original programming, production and digital content Joel Stillerman. “It is legitimately great storytelling that is not only highly entertaining, but incredibly thought provoking as well. People who are familiar with the comic books know what’s coming, but suffice it to say, this is only the beginning of a long, intense, and powerful ride. Long live The Walking Dead.”
I missed the first one but my TIVO is now set. How about yours?