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9 million viewers tune-in to The Walking Dead season 2 finale; Most-watched episode in series history

[Sunday night’s] season two finale at 9pm EST of AMC’s original series, “The Walking Dead” was the highest rated episode in series history. It delivered a 5.8 HH rating delivering 9 million viewers. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is the number one drama series in basic cable history for key demos including: Adults and Men 18-34, Adults and Men 18-49, and Adults and Men 25-54. The finale grew more than 50% in total viewers over season one.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

9 MILLION VIEWERS TUNE-IN TO “THE WALKING DEAD” SEASON 2 FINALE MAKING IT THE HIGHEST RATED EPISODE IN SERIES HISTORY WITH A 5.8 HH RATING

AMC’S “THE WALKING DEAD” IS THE #1 DRAMA SERIES

IN BASIC CABLE HISTORY AMONG ADULTS & MEN 18-34, ADULTS & MEN 18-49 AND ADULTS & MEN 25-54

THROUGHOUT SEASON TWO “THE WALKING DEAD” RANKS WITHIN BROADCAST’S TOP TEN

SEASON TWO FINALE DELIVERED

3.2 MILLION ADULTS 18-34

6 MILLION VIEWERS ADULTS 18-49

5.3 MILLION VIEWERS ADULTS 25-54

New York, NY – March 19, 2011 – Last night’s season two finale at 9pm EST of AMC’s original series, “The Walking Dead” was the highest rated episode in series history. It delivered a 5.8 HH rating delivering 9 million viewers. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is the number one drama series in basic cable history for key demos including: Adults and Men 18-34, Adults and Men 18-49, and Adults and Men 25-54. The finale grew more than 50% in total viewers over season one.

Source: The Nielsen Company. Live+SD, M-Su 8p-11p. (1993 – 3/18/12), Program Type: Original, Series- Drama, Telecast level among A/M 18-34, 18-49& 25-54 AA(000). TWD Su 9pm vs. weekly broadcast ranked on A/M18-34 & 18-49 AA (000) – excludes weeks 2/20-2/26/12 and 2/27-3/4/12 among A18-49 AA (000).

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season two finale of “The Walking Dead”:

9pm airing – 5.8 HH rating with 9 million viewers: +41%/+51% vs. Season 1 Finale
9pm airing – 6 million Adults 18-49: +50% vs Season 1 Finale
9pm airing – 5.3 million Adults 25-54: +50% vs Season 1 Finale
9 pm, 11:30 pm – cumed to 10.5 million viewers

Key Highlights for “The Walking Dead” – season two series:

  • Season average – 4.6 HH RTG and 6.9 million viewers: 31% and 32% vs. season one
  • Adults 18-49 – 4.6 million: +32% vs. season one
  • Adults 25-54 – 4 million +32% vs. season one

“Congratulations to everyone associated with AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ and thank you to the fans for creating, literally, record-setting television,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president.

“The Walking Dead” secured a 2010 Golden Globe nomination for best television series and won the 2011 Emmy award for outstanding prosthetic make-up. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow the zombie apocalypse. It tracks a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safety and security. The story explores the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies, the toll it takes on the survivors, and how sometimes the interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to survival than the zombies themselves. Over time, the characters are changed by the constant exposure to death, some growing willing to do anything to survive.

“The Walking Dead” received rave reviews from countless critics, both domestic and international, who heralded the series as “thrilling” (The Hollywood Reporter), “…with Dead’s riveting cast of characters, the personal dynamics are almost as potent as the gory thrills” (US Weekly), “The Walking Dead is a feast. Dig in.” (The Guardian- UK), “It doesn’t even take three minutes to realize that this series is setting standards” (Der Tagesspiegel-Germany).

About AMC

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, as well as the Golden Globe® Award for Best Television Series – Drama for three consecutive years. Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great stories. AMC’s original stories include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell On Wheels.” AMC further demonstrates its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC’s Can’t Get Enough and AMC’s Crazy About. Available in more than 97 million homes (Source: Nielsen Media Research), AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Story Matters HereSM.

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