5:19 pm - 12/03/2012

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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astrofisica 3rd-Dec-2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
brightstarmara 3rd-Dec-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Two months is too long.
shantayustay 3rd-Dec-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
callingstars 3rd-Dec-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
ugh, daryl :(

callingstars 3rd-Dec-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
and the lady behind daryl is overdoing it times a million.
daddyissues 3rd-Dec-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
she made me lol in the middle of that tense ending
trixx_r4_kidz 3rd-Dec-2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
lmao i loved it. reminds me of

shining_starsxx 3rd-Dec-2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
I just noticed her and I'm cracking the fuck up.She looks like a Tumblr fangirl having a meltdown.
lathwen1 3rd-Dec-2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
krystalego 3rd-Dec-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
LOL what is that lady in the background even doing?
etoile_amore 3rd-Dec-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
:( he looked so distraught
theactualworst 3rd-Dec-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
I know he was shown in the promo for the second half of the season but idk I still have anxiety because I love him so much lol.
brownxeyedxdork 3rd-Dec-2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
lmao the woman in the back
serenedawn 3rd-Dec-2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
his face, poor bb

and suddenly I just can't stop laughing because of that woman in the back omg

Edited at 2012-12-03 10:29 pm (UTC)
galyuhalead 3rd-Dec-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
imsweetgetsome 3rd-Dec-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
I have faith that the Dixon brothers will live.
julialonso 3rd-Dec-2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
anna_bea2 3rd-Dec-2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
lmao the lady in the bg
bluebandit77 3rd-Dec-2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
WHAT is that lady doing? OMG LMAO
isthisdesire 3rd-Dec-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
she's a community college drama department graduate tho

lol idk but yea she brings the lulz
arrowtoes 3rd-Dec-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
idk she doesn't look ott to me, I'm just assuming her husband/brother/son was one of the dead ones...and maybe she's got some Italian blood in her, we're big on using our hands to express disappointment lol.
fear_toxin 4th-Dec-2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Forget her, what about the little kid?!

atrum_silva 4th-Dec-2012 12:25 am (UTC)
Damnit Daryl, why do you make me so tense?!
whop__dedooo 4th-Dec-2012 02:34 am (UTC)
it just dawned upon me that this is the first time we see the two brothers together (outside of daryl's hallucination)
dolce_piccante 4th-Dec-2012 06:18 am (UTC)
the lady in the background is making me think of people yelling "CRUCIFY HIM!" during church at easter
delleve 3rd-Dec-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad this show has gotten good again. Season two was fucking BLEAK.

Also Andrea makes more bad decisions than Lindsay Lohan.
emerging 4th-Dec-2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
right? could she BE more dickmatized?
etoile_amore 3rd-Dec-2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
I think this season is definitely the best so far. This and Homeland are giving me constant anxiety attacks though.
xpirate_queenx 3rd-Dec-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
It really is. As a long-time reader of the comic, I feel like the show only gets better and better (not to mention closer to the comic) with each passing season.
krystalego 3rd-Dec-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
That episode was so tense. I couldn't fall asleep after it was over.
powerbottom 3rd-Dec-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'm all confused by the damn characters.

They just keep bringing them in.

One black guy dies, another one comes in.
idreaminargyle 3rd-Dec-2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
the show is like a revolving door for black characters tbh
theactualworst 3rd-Dec-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
I can't even begin to describe my disappointment regarding Andrea this season. Bitch you have been worse than Carl this season! Take a look at yourself!
imsweetgetsome 3rd-Dec-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
Maybe after this last episode she'll realize the faults with the Governor. I mean, at least she didn't try to kill Michonne. I'm fishing, here, clearly.
julialonso 3rd-Dec-2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Ugh me too. She was doing so well to be true.
xpirate_queenx 3rd-Dec-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Seriously. She's nothing like comic!Andrea.
vzylexy 4th-Dec-2012 01:44 am (UTC)
efaulkner 4th-Dec-2012 02:59 am (UTC)
ikr, like i'm trying to like you idk why i bothered
cringinglove 4th-Dec-2012 06:09 am (UTC)
ugh, all of my "staying in the fucking house, carl!"s have been re-directed to her
jackpeyton 4th-Dec-2012 08:12 am (UTC)
eh, i disagree. while not loving her this season yet, i think that she has had no real reason to doubt the sexy gov or this wonderful little town, until now. this is everything she has been searching for.
__orangeglo 3rd-Dec-2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
It would be interesting to see how they age "Judith"
powerbottom 3rd-Dec-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
She won't age, trust me.
theactualworst 3rd-Dec-2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
She'll age when Carol's hair grows.
shining_starsxx 3rd-Dec-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Lol Carl and Judith would turn into Michael and Kristina on GH.
serenedawn 3rd-Dec-2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
finally saw the longer promo from the next episode, lawd Daryl's face is killing me

this ep was so intense

also Rick doing thaangs is making me feel all the things
daddyissues 3rd-Dec-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
stunning icon
serenedawn 3rd-Dec-2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
ty! it had to be made
imsweetgetsome 3rd-Dec-2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
I am so glad that this season is making up for the snoozefest that was the first half of last season.

I don't know what I'll do for nine weeks! Since I never got a chance to watch it, I think I'll download season two of GoT and watch that every Sunday night to take TWD's place.
galyuhalead MY FEELS3rd-Dec-2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
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powerbottom Re: MY FEELS3rd-Dec-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
I wanted her to chop his damn arm off.
abiding Re: MY FEELS4th-Dec-2012 05:40 am (UTC)
Me too ugh.
meow_tan Re: MY FEELS4th-Dec-2012 05:58 am (UTC)
me too! i was screaming at my tv
__orangeglo Re: MY FEELS3rd-Dec-2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
xzackb Re: MY FEELS3rd-Dec-2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
omg the glass in his eye while he was crying, bleggghh, i had to look away.
humbug Re: MY FEELS3rd-Dec-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
i actually felt bad for him but then i remembered he's a sadistic, manipulative, rapist (in the comics) motherfucker so...
theactualworst Re: MY FEELS3rd-Dec-2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
After what he did to Maggie I will never feel sympathy towards him. Never.
suspiriorum Re: MY FEELS3rd-Dec-2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
Hilarious, tbh.
julialonso Re: MY FEELS3rd-Dec-2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
Michonne has no feelings for him!
flashnights Re: MY FEELS3rd-Dec-2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
i was actually laughing during this scene...idk what that says about me
xpirate_queenx Re: MY FEELS3rd-Dec-2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
This scene is what makes the show great (and so much like the source material). It tugs on your heartstrings and makes you question your own humanity at the same time. You want to feel sorry for him, but then you remember who he is and what he's done.
krisgonn Re: MY FEELS3rd-Dec-2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
This scene actually made me cry. Still hate him, but there was soo much emotion!
atrum_silva Re: MY FEELS4th-Dec-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
I was ready for Michonne to take his creepy head off. I'm glad he got glass in his stupid eye at least.
vzylexy Re: MY FEELS4th-Dec-2012 02:01 am (UTC)
I struggled to find Michonne's justification for her vendetta against The Governor. In the comics it makes sense, as The Governor rapes and tortures Michonne. On the show, The Governor really hasn't done anything to Michonne, it seemed like she mostly got the creeps from him and didn't believe his shit. In the context of the show, it would have made more sense to have Maggie attack The Governor.

That being said, it was so satisfying seeing his world crushed and getting his eye stabbed.
effulgentnida Re: MY FEELS4th-Dec-2012 02:31 am (UTC)
I laughed so hard when he was holding his dead zombie daughter and crying bc he looked so silly with the piece of glass in his eye.

existential 3rd-Dec-2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
love this show so much...i wish breaking bad could pull those numbers, but w/e, twd is amazing (literally my only complaint is the introduce-a-black-guy/kill-a-black-guy thing)
saintssin 3rd-Dec-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
They seriously do it every. single. time.
existential 3rd-Dec-2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
i don't watch the talking dead cause i don't have amc but i wonder if they've ever mentioned this before? it almost seems like a (bad) running joke at this point
daddyissues 3rd-Dec-2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
ia the only thing wrong with it now is it's anti-black guy agenda

but otherwise PERFECT
saintssin 3rd-Dec-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
This show is FINALLLLLLLLLLLY what it should be.

Zombies are only half the battle. The real enemy should be fellow survivors.
existential 3rd-Dec-2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
that's why i always considered 28 days later to be my favorite zombie movie...because humans were actually the real enemy. pretty depressing though haha
saintssin 3rd-Dec-2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
It works so well when we're the antagonists. I think a lot of people write zombie-related work and seem to forget how fucked up people can be. It's super-depressing, but totally accurate, and makes for epic stories.
shining_starsxx 3rd-Dec-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
That is such a flawless movie. It's my favorite horror movie of all time. Sometimes people are the scariest things.
misscrystal 4th-Dec-2012 01:12 am (UTC)
Truth. 28DL is a flawless movie.
isthisdesire 3rd-Dec-2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
I loved how Maggie commented on how all this time they've been battling the walkers and seeing them as the main threat when the real danger still lingers with living and breathing humans.
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