AMC renews "The Walking Dead"

TV Arts

(New York, NY – November 8, 2010) AMC announced today the renewal of
“The Walking Dead” for a 13-episode second season. Since debuting
Sunday, October 31, “The Walking Dead” has broken ratings records,
with the series reaching more Adults 18-49 than any other show in the
history of cable television.

Today’s announcement also includes Fox International Channels’ (FIC)
global renewal for a second season, following record-breaking premiere
ratings in 120 countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle
East.  “The Walking Dead” was the highest-rated original series
premiere ever to air on FIC simultaneously worldwide.

“The ‘Dead’ has spread!” said Charlie Collier, President, AMC.  “No
other cable series has ever attracted as many Adults 18-49 as ‘The
Walking Dead.’  This reaffirms viewers’ hunger for premium television
on basic cable.  We are so proud to be bringing back ‘The Walking
Dead’ again, across the globe.”


Ratings Highlights for The Walking Dead - Episode 2, which premiered
on AMC Sunday, 11/7:

10pm airing – 3.1 HH rating with over 4.7 million viewers;
Adults 18-49 – 3.3 million viewers;
Adults 25-54 – 2.8 million viewers;
Men 18-49 – 2.1 million viewers.
Ratings Highlights for the The Walking Dead - Episode 1, which
premiered on AMC Sunday, 10/31:

10pm airing - 3.7 HH rating with over 5.3 million total viewers;
Adults 18-49 - 3.6 million viewers;
Adults 25-54 - 3.1 million viewers;
Men 18-49 - 2.0 million viewers.
“I wish all programming decisions were no brainers like this one,”
said Sharon Tal Yguado, SVP Scripted Programming. “‘The Walking Dead’
is a TV masterpiece on so many levels. We want at least 10 seasons, if
not more. Kudos to AMC!”

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book series written by
Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics.  Kirkman serves as an
executive producer on the project and three-time Academy Award-nominee
Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) serves as
writer, director and executive producer. Gale Anne Hurd (The
Terminator, Aliens, Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk), chairman of
Valhalla Motion Pictures, serves as Executive Producer. David Alpert
from Circle of Confusion and Charles “Chic” Eglee (Dexter, The Shield,
Dark Angel) serve as Executive Producers.


“The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow
after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by
police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure
home.  The comic goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world
overrun by zombies who take a toll on the survivors, and sometimes the
interpersonal conflicts present a greater danger to their continuing
survival than the zombies that roam the country.  Over time, the
characters are changed by the constant exposure to death and some grow
willing to do anything to survive.

Shot on location in Atlanta, “The Walking Dead” is led by a cast that
includes Lincoln (“Teachers,” Love Actually) as Rick Grimes, Jon
Bernthal (“The Pacific,” The Ghost Writer) as Shane Walsh, Sarah Wayne
Callies (“Prison Break”) as Lori Grimes, Laurie Holden (“The Shield,”
Stephen King’s The Mist) as Andrea, Jeffrey DeMunn (Stephen King’s The
Mist, The Green Mile) as Dale, Steven Yeun (“The Big Bang Theory”) as
Glen, Emma Bell (The Bedford Diaries) as Amy and Chandler Riggs (Get
Low) as Carl Grimes.