AMC Renews The Walking Dead For Season 3

AMC has renewed zombie phenom The Walking Dead for a third season.

An exact episode number is TBD, but we’re told the season will be at least 13 episodes long.

“Today we are pleased to announce that the ‘dead’ shall live as we proudly renew The Walking Dead for a third season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s President. “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.”

Despite behind-the-scenes tensions that culminated with the ouster of showrunner Frank Darabont, Dead kicked off its second season with monster ratings. The Oct. 16 opener drew 7.3 million total viewers — a 38 percent surge over the show’s Season 1 average. Even more impressive, nearly 5 million of those viewers fell into the coveted 18-49 crowd — a basic cable record.