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The Walking Dead Makes TV History

By on October 17, 2011

Zombie drama The Walking Dead returned to screens last night in an explosive 90 minute season premiere.

The episode was watched by 7.3 million viewers in total, making it the strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history. The figure represents a 38% increase over the drama’s freshman season ratings.

AMC president Charlie Collier spoke about the show today saying “The Walking Dead is one of those rare television programs that reaches both a core genre fan as well as broad audiences simply looking for a great, character-based story. We’re so proud of and grateful for the amazing team on both sides of the camera who work so hard and is so committed to making this a unique programming event. That The Walking Dead is now the most-watched drama in the history of basic cable is staggering … just like our zombies!”

Steven Yeun, who plays Glen, tweeted moments ago “Thank you to everyone who watched last night. You helped us make tv history. Much love.

The Walking Dead airs on AMC, Sundays 9/8c.