"Walking Dead" midseason premiere watched by 8.1 million, "Comic Book Men" 2 mil

TV Arts

David
AMC’S “THE Walking Dead” MID-SEASON TWO PREMIERE REIGNS AS THE
STRONGEST DRAMA TELECAST IN BASIC CABLE HISTORY AGAINST KEY DEMOS

8.1 MILLION VIEWERS
5.4 MILLION ADULTS 18-49
4.4 MILLION ADULTS 25-54

New York, NY – February 13, 2012 – Last night, AMC’s mid-season
premiere of “The Walking Dead” became the 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

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.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live+SD, M-Su/8P-11P (telecast level
data, originals, series-drama program type, 1993-2/12/12).  Strongest
telecast among A18-49 and A25-54 AA (000).

"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.

Following are the Key Nielsen Highlights:

Mid-season two premiere “The Walking Dead”:

9pm airing – 5.2 HH rating with 8.1 million viewers
9pm airing - Adults 18-49 delivered 5.4 million viewers
9pm airing - Adults 25-54 delivered 4.4 million viewers


“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.

At 10pm, the network premiered its newest unscripted series “Comic
Book Men,”

Premiere of “Comic Book Men”

10pm airing – 1.3 HH rating with 2 million viewers
10pm airing - Adults 18-49 delivered 1.3 million viewers
10pm airing - Adults 25-54 delivered 1.1 million viewers
 
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 six-part series dives deep into
fanboy culture by following the antics in and around master fanboy
Kevin Smith’s New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret
Stash, where both staff and customers geek out over mind-blowing pop
culture artifacts and the legends behind them. 

Leading the crew behind the Secret Stash counter are moody manager
Walt, uber-nerd Mike, career slacker Brian, and Ming, the shop’s go-to
whipping boy.  As the team buys, sells and discovers the treasures of
the comic collecting world, they share all the juicy details with
Kevin through their outrageous podcast, which is woven throughout the
series.
                                            
Mason
Sooooo......

How long until we have a zombie series on NBC?
                                            
nmasselloyahoocom
They've already got SNL.
                                            
shawn
They could have picked up Babylon Fields after CBS passed on it. That
was certainly a different take on the zombie idea.