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The Walking Dead Spreads Into 8.3 Million Homes

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Walking Dead CastThe Walking Dead‘s premiere on AMC Sunday night was huge, record breaking huge.  A total of 8.3 million people watched the series various showings with it’s debut making up the largest chunk of that with 5.3 million viewers, 3.6 million in the 18-49 demographic.

This makes the episode the biggest debut on cable TV in 2010 and the biggest debut in AMC history for an original series.

From AMC’s release:

“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 Charlie Collier, AMC’s president. “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. 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’,” said Joel Stillerman, AMC’s SVP of original programming, production and digital content.

AMC’s first wholly-owned original production, “The Walking Dead” premiered globally on October 31 through an unprecedented partnership with AMC and Fox International Channels. Similar to a theatrical film release, all Fox International Channels are launching the premiere episode this week, resulting in the series’ debuting in 120 countries and in 33 languages.

Congrats to everyone.  I’m looking forward to the second episode!

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