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Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere Breaks Records

Mid-season premiere of Walking Dead breaks ratings records.

By Jarrod Sarafin     February 13, 2012
Source: AMC

As we send out the Bat Signal looking into the whereabouts of critic Joe, we figure you Maniacs would want a place to discuss the mid-season premiere of "The Walking Dead." Here's such a place. AMC announced that their mid-season premiere "Nebraska" finished as  strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history against key demos including 5.4 million adults 18-49 and 4.4 million adults 25-54. These results shatter the previous record, which was held by the series two premiere from October 16th with increases of +12% and +6% respectively. The show delivered 8.1 million viewers for its 9pm premiere and delivered 10.1 million viewers for the night (9pm premiere and 11pm and 12:30 am encores). At 10pm, AMC also premiered its newest unscripted series, "Comic Book Men," executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy), Charlie Corwin's Original Media ("LA Ink," "Storm Chasers," "Swamp People") and Elyse Seiden (Red State). The series delivered 2 million total viewers.

"It is a great night for AMC. We're thrilled to see this incredible record breaking response to 'The Walking Dead,' and 'Comic Book Men' is off to a strong start as well. Congratulations to the teams behind both of these shows," said Charlie Collier, AMC's president.

"The Walking Dead" is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Glen Mazzara serves as series' showrunner and executive producer. Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Frank Darabont are executive producers with Greg Nicotero as co-executive producer. Season two of the critically acclaimed global hit series continues to deliver the strongest telecasts for any drama in basic cable history against Adults 18-49, as well as, top international pay-TV ratings on Fox International Channels' (FIC) major markets.

You can watch the full episode online here.

Sound off with your thoughts on the episode below.


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hfc7036 2/14/2012 8:56:42 AM

 The Walking Dead is a fantastic dramatic TV Show that is pushing some limits.  The tension is great.  The characters are excellent, and the Zombies are well placed.  The end of the mid-season premiere was fantastic.  Is this where Rick draws the line?

millean 2/14/2012 11:18:28 AM

Yeah, I was wondering where the review was for TWD.  Joe usually has it up the next day but has been known to be delayed on occasion.  However, to hear Jarrod say they are sending "out the Bat Signal looking into the whereabouts of critic Joe" gives me pause.  Hopefully he(and the review) will show up soon.

Anyway, as for the episode, it was pretty good, but it looks as if the pacing will still be a little slow.  That's really my only complaint.  (Though I do realize slow pacing can be a good way to build tension, just don't over do it).


jedibanner 2/14/2012 11:22:01 AM

Well, good question hfc7036...no one knows if this is where Rick will draw the line because this Rick isn't the one from the comic anymore so, it's all fair game at this point.

But at least this premiere was a bit better then last mid-season so, hope is there. And from the preview for next week, it seems it will be even better.

Wiseguy 2/14/2012 4:11:13 PM

The cheetos mascot look and quote from the mattress fort commercial comes to mind, Impressive Sir!

rogue188 2/15/2012 8:21:07 AM

Jedibanner, how is this Rick different from the comic? He just blew away two dudes threatening the group. He is exactly like the comic. Just because they killed off Sophia and kept Shane, who is leaving at the end of the season due to accepting another acting job another show. Shane will die at the end of the season. They just delayed it. Anyway,  he isn't any different.  

jedibanner 2/15/2012 8:48:44 AM

hmmm, rogue, he is very different then from the comic.

But, since it's ok to disagree, i won't start arguing about all teh things established in the comics Vs the TV shows (rick doesn't kill anyone out of the blue for nothing wayyyyy long after the whole prison fiasco and even then, he tries not to).

And the fact that he's more of a cry baby then the comics, he's less a leader then the comic...he's not as solid as the comic....but then again...I don't want to point out these things because maybe it's just me....or the comic....but probably just me.

aegrant 2/15/2012 9:43:30 AM

I am with Jedi on this... Rick has been a bit beyatch on this series. Of course in the comic version a few different things happen to make him a hard a$$. Really wish they would have made Tyress a character in the series - cause the brother they have on there is a bit of a pu$$y.

rogue188 2/15/2012 10:51:07 AM

Jedibanner, Rick kills someone at the prison in the comic. Remember the prisoner who held them up with a shotgun he wasted during the zombie fight right after? I still feel he is the same, but just developing on a different timeline.

lracors 2/15/2012 5:18:59 PM

This was an awesome episode.  I imagine that there will be more to come from this other group.  All in all i'm impressed.  I do want to see more of the comic arc's put into the series.

jedibanner 2/16/2012 8:35:25 AM

good catch rogue188...I was close though, I did mentionned the prison thing  :-)

Let's hope like Iracors say they go back more into the comic arcs.

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