The Walking Dead Season 3 Premiere Sets Records

The Sunday premiere of The Walking Dead attracted the most viewers in the series’ history and a new record for the most viewers ever for a basic cable drama series. The series has consistently broken records as the Season 2 finale set previous records for the most viewers of a basic cable show with 9 million. The season 3 premiere topped that with 10.9 million, that’s an increase of 17.5%

The show drew 7.3 million viewers in the important 18-49 demographic, that’s compared to 6 million for the season 2 finale. If you add in the other two showings of the premiere, the first episode brought in 15.2 million viewers. That’s even without the Dish Network which covers 14 million homes in the United States.

But, those monster (sorry couldn’t work in zombie) numbers also extended to Chris Hardwicke’s post-Walking Dead talk show, The Talking Dead. That show had an audience of 2.1 million viewers, that was up 85% from last year’s premiere of the show. Of that, 1.5 million were in that important 18-49 demographic, that’s up 92% from last year.