Well, this is certainly good news for zombie fans: after its mid-season finale this past Sunday, AMC‘s The Walking Dead was named cable’s top-rated scripted drama, pulling in 6.6 million viewers in the crucial 18-49 age demographic. The episode, entitled “Pretty Much Dead Already,” got almost as many viewers as the second season premiere (7.26 million). Still, a good showing, and good news for the third season, even though that was already happening anyway!
The very heartbreaking-at-the-end mid-season finale proved to be a boon for ratings, making it the most-watched episode of the second season since the premiere in October. The numbers for the returning episode on February 12 should also be higher than usual. (Even though they won’t have that convenient Halloween mood with which to market it.) But here is even better news: More people watched The Walking Dead than the Kardashians, who premiered the second season of Kourtney and Kim Take New York on E! to 3.1 million viewers. So, yay! A larger portion of the television audience actually tuned in to watch things worth watching on television!
As was mentioned before, season three has been a sure thing for about a month now, so even lackluster numbers probably wouldn’t have affected that. That season, according to executive producer and creator of the comic Robert Kirkman, is in the planning stages.
But before we get too ahead of ourselves, what can we expect from the second half of the second season? Will the survivors have to leave Hershel’s farm? What will happen to Carol now that we know what happened to Sophia? What about Lori’s explosive pregnancy? And will Shane get unbelievably cocky now that everyone knows he’s been right this whole time? Kirkman says to expect a “crazy” close to the second season. And we would accept nothing less.
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