RATINGS WATCH: ‘The Walking Dead’ Shatters Its Own Basic Cable Viewership Record

We haven’t reported on The Walking Dead‘s ratings in a while because the show seemed to have settled comfortably in the 6 million viewer range for most of the first half of season two.

Well, after taking most of the winter off, The Walking Dead has returned and has set a new basic cable record.

Deadline is reporting that 8.1 million people tuned in for the 9pm premiere of the second half of season two (when you add the two replays in the number rises to 10.1 million). It’s an even more impressive number when you consider that it aired against The Grammys, which was the second most watched of all-time.

The Walking Dead continues to be an absolute monster for AMC. If you combined the average number of viewers of AMC’s other high profile shows: Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Hell on Wheels, you would still get fewer viewers than the total number that tuned in for last night’s episode.

It’s hard to imagine that AMC isn’t hitting up Robert Kirkman for more show ideas at this point.

Ratings for The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 8

  • Total viewers – 10.1 million
  • 9pm airing – 8.1 million
  • Adults 18-49 – 5.4 million
  • Adults 22-4 – 4.4 million

Ratings for The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 7

  • 9pm airing – 6.6 million

Ratings for The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 6

  • 9pm airing – 6 million

Ratings for The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 5

  • 9pm airing – 6.1 million

Ratings for The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 4

  • 9pm airing – 6.2 million

Ratings for The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 3

  • 9pm airing – 6.1 million

Ratings for The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 2

  • 9pm airing – 6.7 million
  • Adults 18-49 – 3.6 million

Ratings for The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 1

  • 9pm airing – 7.3 million
  • Adults 18-49 – 4.8 million


Talk about the show itself here. Talk about the ratings below.


  1. Great news for projects based on comics. The better they do, the more that take note.

  2. And 2 million for Comic Book Men.

  3. that shit is nuts.

    lets get some y the last man up in here

  4. That really is pretty crazy. I’ve certainly heard of some strong negative critical response to the show this year, but obviously that doesn’t mean a damn thing. If nothing else, the trades will continue to sell like hot cakes every month which is still a great win for comics if it brings in some new people to the medium. Even if only 1% of people who buy the trades go on to read other comics, that’s still huge for a shrinking industry. Onwards and upwards Kirkman!

  5. fuel for the fire of the lawsuit

  6. deserved ratings… this show is epically awesome.

    Kudos to AMC and all the team behind it

  7. Nice to see it come back with a strong episode. I was getting a little sick of the constant two shots with back and forth dialogue that we were seeing a lot in the first six episode of season 2.

  8. this season is infinitely superior to last, the pacing character development are perfect and it’s much closer in tone to the comic, every episode feels like a play.
    The best thing that could have happened to this show was frank darabont leaving and I think kirkmen is alot more involved.
    It seems to me that show really benefited from a lower budget forced them to focus on the writing.

    • This season (especially this episode) will only reinforce the notion that The Walking Dead does not need a large budget to produce a great show. Plus, is it really about zombies…or is it about the the ‘walking dead’ group trying to survive the new world imposed on them?

      Looking forward to next week’s show!

    • I can’t tell you how many friends I have who were thinking about watching this and decided not to because they “aren’t really into zombie shows/movies, etc.” I tell every single one of them that the show and the comics are not about the zombies at all and that’s what I think makes it work on TV. You could easily have whole episodes without showing a zombie, it’s all about how the survivors react to their world.