Monday, 17 October 2011

The Walking Dead Breaks U.S Basic Cable records...

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The Walking Dead made a triumphant return to American screens last night and ‘scared up’ (sorry) a 38% increase on last season’s opening episode. Given how unlikely it still seems that a TV show centred on a Zombie apocalypse could be good TV, let alone ‘can’t miss’ TV, it is easy to see why so many more people showed up this time around, even though last season’s

According to Deadline these are the stats...

4.8 Million viewers in Adults 18-49
4.2 Million viewers in Adults 25-54
7.3 Million total viewers for premiere
11 Million total viewers for the night

The President of AMC, Charlie Collier, had this to say...
“The Walking Dead is one of those rare television programs that reaches both a core genre fan as well as broad audiences simply looking for a great, character-based story,...That The Walking Dead is now the most watched drama in the history of basic cable is staggering, just like our zombies.”

The success just make Frank Darabont’s sacking as Show-runner all the more depressing; and it makes Collier’s statement that "We're so proud of and greatful for the amazing team on both sides of the camera who work so hard and is so committed to making this a unique programming event”  ring a little hollow. A close watch will be kept on the ratings when we head into the episodes that had none of his guidance behind them. 

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