Shit son, 'Walking Dead' Season 3 Midseason Finale Scores Whopping 10.5 Million Viewers!

Sunday's midseason finale collected 10.5 million total viewers in its initial broadcast at 9 p.m., slightly than October's third season premiere, but up 58 percent vs. season two's midseason finale.

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AMC's The Walking Dead continues to solidify its place as the season's best performing series

Sunday's midseason finale collected 10.5 million total viewers in its initial broadcast at 9 p.m., slightly than October's third season premiere, but up 58 percent vs. season two's midseason finale.

In the adults 18-49 demo, the episode scored 6.9 million total viewers, up 54 percent vs. season two's midseason finale.

While an official fourth-season renewal has not yet been announced, it's more of a when and not if as AMC opened a contest in late September offering lucky blood donors a chance to win a trip to the set of The Walking Dead season four -- ahead of its October return.

October's premiere scored 10.9 million total viewers, making it the highest-rated episode in series history, up more than 50 percent from its record-breaking season two premiere. The episode previously stood as the biggest telecast for any drama series in basic cable history among total viewers. In the key advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo, the 9 p.m. broadcast collected 7.3 million viewers, with 6.1 million among adults 25-54, all series bests at the time.

Factoring in broadcasts at 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight, the series based on the comics by Robert Kirkman collected TK million total viewers over the course of the night.

Some ratings highlights from the series:

• Season 3 premiere, 10/14/12: 10.9 million total viewers, 7.3 million in 18-49, 6.1 million in 25-54

• Season 2 finale, 3/18/12: 9 million total viewers, 6 million in 18-49, 5.3 million in 25-54*

• Season 2 midseason premiere, 2/12/12: 8.1 million total, 5.4 million* in 18-49, 4.4 million* in 25-54

• Season 2 premiere, 10/17/11: 7.3 million total, 4.8 million* in 18-49, 4.2 million* in 25-54

• Season 2 midseason finale, 11/27/11: 6.6 million total, 4.5 million in 18-49, 3.9 million in 25-54

• Season 1 finale, 12/5/10: 6 million total, 4 million in 18-49, 3.5 million in 25-54

• Season 1 premiere, 10/31/10: 5.4 million total viewers, 2.7 million in 18-49

* Record at the time

Meanwhile, Chris Hardwicke's Walking Dead postshow The Talking Dead collected 2.2 million total viewers at 11 p.m., up from the 2.1 million total viewers its season three premiere scored. During Sunday's episode, Hardwicke announced the series would move up to immediately follow Walking Dead and expand from 30 minutes to an hour starting in February. (Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men will move to Thursdays as the cabler launches an unscripted block for the night.)

The Walking Dead and Talking Dead return Sunday, Feb. 10 on AMC.

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