Fresh off an outstanding sophomore season start with the Nielsens, AMC has ordered a third season of The Walking Dead.
The zombie series returned to AMC's air on Oct. 16, attracting 7.3 million viewers on average. That total included a basic-cable record delivery among Madison Avenue's favored set, with 4.8 million persons 18 to 49.
The show's Oct. 23 installment was watched by 6.7 million viewers, while netting a 3.6 rating among the aforementioned demo, down ust 0.2 points from its second season debut.
"Today we are pleased to announce that the ‘dead' shall live as we proudly renew The Walking Dead for a third season on AMC and, globally, with our terrific partners at Fox International Channels," said AMC president Charlie Collier in announcing the renewal. "We are thankful for everyone's contribution in front of and behind the camera as we continue to make ‘The Walking Dead' a unique television experience. And, we are so proud as it continues to set viewership records around the world."
Fox International Channels globally launched The Walking Dead's second season this past weekend, with bows in Europe, Asia, Latin American, Africa and the Middle East. The series' international premieres drew 10 million viewers in 122 countries, according to FIC officials.