AMC has renewed hit drama The Walking Dead for a third season after its season two premiere broke basic cable records for delivery of adults 18-49.
The zombie drama's return drew 7.3 million total viewers on Oct. 16, including 4.8 million in the key 18-49 demo, the best for a single drama telecast on basic cable. Its second episode on Sunday declined 8% in total viewers, to a still-strong 6.7 million.
The season two premiere also improved 36% in the demo and 38% in total viewership over the series' first season average.
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