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”:
Â· 9pm airing – 5.8 HH rating with 9 million viewers: +41%/+51% vs. Season 1 Finale
Â· 9pm airing – 6 million Adults 18-49: +50% vs Season 1 Finale
Â· 9pm airing – 5.3 million Adults 25-54: +50% vs Season 1 Finale
Â· 9 pm, 11:30 pm – cumed to 10.5 million viewers
Key Highlights for “The Walking Dead” – season two series:
Â· Season average – 4.6 HH RTG and 6.9 million viewers: 31% and 32% vs. season one
Â· Adults 18-49 – 4.6 million: +32% vs. season one
Â· Adults 25-54 – 4 million +32% vs. season one
“Congratulations to everyone associated with AMC’s ï¿½The 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).