Ratings: The Walking Dead Dips in Week 2, But Remains Fall's No. 1 Program

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The Walking Dead bled a handful of viewers in its second week of Season 3, yet still has a leg (sorry, Hersh) up on the competition.

The AMC drama this Sunday night drew 9.5 million total viewers, down 13 percent from its boffo season opener. In the coveted 18-49 demo, meanwhile, it claimed 6.5 million viewers — down just 10 percent week-to-week.

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As such, the episode stands as the top-rated show of the week, besting even The Voice, The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family. And TWD as a whole holds onto its ranking as the fall season’s top-rated non-sports program.

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What’s your assessment of Walking Dead‘s Season 3 run thus far? Bloody-good fun, but maybe you need less of Carol practicing C-sections?

Comments (17)

  • This show is incredible–insanely suspenseful and surprising. So glad the ratings reflect that and that people are watching!!

    Comment by Grace – October 22, 2012 01:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great season so far. Also glad that AMC and Dish have settled their dispute, which will hopefully increase viewership in Novemeber and keep TWD performing strong.

    Comment by ej – October 22, 2012 01:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t wait to see what their ratings are like once Dish viewers are figured in.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – October 22, 2012 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This season is great. Finally action every week. No more Lori been moral all around. They rip the annoying carather and bring the other a new strengh. Love to see more Daryl. Rick finally get it: it an apocalytic world, you can’t be nice with everyone.

    Comment by Alrisha – October 22, 2012 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great opening to the episode. I loved the scene where they rolled Hershel out of the kitchen then the camera slowly panned back to the dumbstruck prisoners and a chopped off leg on the ground. Only on TWD

    Comment by Ted – October 22, 2012 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • wow they beat the lowest common denominator stuff, thats really impressive. just goes to show you make good tv people will watch. (are you listening network executives?)

    Comment by Alan – October 22, 2012 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “just goes to show you make good tv people will watch” This statement is simply not true. At all.

      Comment by damian – October 22, 2012 10:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • All good shows are cancelled. It’s an unwritten rule by the network executives. Most people watch garbage ie American Idol, Survivor.

      Comment by MobiJobi – October 23, 2012 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This shows such a flop!

    Comment by elliott – October 22, 2012 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • first of all person above me. take a seat cause 9.5 million viewers is hardly a flop… it means it’s a hit. And this show deserve numbers like that. Loved the episode, so far a much better improvement from season 2.

    And I for one love Carol, I love seeing her come out of her shell. stepping up and being an important part of the group. So more Carol please! they should make her a regular.

    Comment by Frankieboy – October 22, 2012 02:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Carl is great this year. And glad Herschel didn’t die.

    Comment by cj – October 22, 2012 05:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i’m pretty bored with this season so far. hopefully things pick up when the governor shows up.

    Comment by Elyse – October 23, 2012 04:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think this show reflects the fact that when man is down to the basic level-then it becomes apparent that no group of people rule-but rather each individual-according to their will to survive exemplifies what s the true nature of their spirit.Great to see a show that -even though make believe-can cause all of us to pause and reflect how we would deal with this type of existance.No air conditioning,TV.internet surfing,electricity,running water,fresh food.The setting put forth forces one to think of how different life would be.I think I will go primitive camping soon-with-out the Zombies of course!

    Comment by Southgas – October 23, 2012 07:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s an amazing series but were can it really lead to we know what the ending is going to be ( a selection of things we have seen before) will they find a cure – probs not, will they get bitten or die – yea a good chance or will they just walk off into the distances as the credits role, don’t get me wrong I love the suspense but I know not to expect anything amazing in terms of finales etc. Just your everyday survival series

    Comment by Matt – October 26, 2012 03:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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