Two episodes in, AMC has elected to walk with its original zombie series for a second season.
AMC has ordered a 13-installment sophomore campaign of The Walking Dead, following its initial season order of six episodes.
Fox International Channels has also decided to globally renew the show 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, according to the programmer.
Back in the States, The Walking Dead followed up its AMC-best original series delivery of a 3.7 household rating and 5.3 million watchers during its Halloween premiere at 10 p.m., with a 3.1 rating and 4.7 million watchers on average on Nov. 7. Last night's premiere showing drew 3.3 million persons 18 to 49, walking behind the 3.6 million of the Madison Avenue-coveted demo during its debut.
The network said the first two episodes of The Walking Dead rank as the best performance with the demo for any original series in cable history.
"The ‘Dead' has spread!" said AMC president Charlie Collier in announcing the pickup. "No other cable series has ever attracted as many adults 18 to 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."
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, the series is shot in Atlanta. It tells tale of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse, following a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.