‘Walking Dead’ Season 3 Mid-Season Finale Ratings Top 15 Million

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Walking Dead Midseason Ratings Walking Dead Season 3 Mid Season Finale Ratings Top 15 Million

Zombies aren’t the only things getting their asses kicked by AMC’s The Walking Dead as the hit post-apocalyptic thriller dominated all the other networks with last night’s season 3 mid-season finale ratings.

The flagship series pulled in a total of 15.2 million viewers for the evening and became the first cable series to beat every other show of the fall broadcast season in the adult 18-49 demo.

To put into perspective how impressive the numbers are, The Walking Dead mid-season finale even bested the 13.5 million average viewers the series finale of ABC’s Lost earned in 2010. The Walking Dead also beat its own records by outdoing last year’s mid-season finale by 58% and October’s 10.9 million views for the season 3 premiere.

Sunday’s episode ‘Made to Suffer’ delivered the series’ token gory drama in a game changing battle between the sword glass wielding Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the increasingly creepy Governor (David Morrissey) – as well as the faithful reunion between the lovable redneck Dixon brothers, Merle and Darryl (Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus, respectively). As promised, fan favorite Tyreese (Chad Coleman) finally made his long overdue appearance, while added convict, Oscar (Vincent Ward) made his bloody exit.

Walking Dead Midseason Ratings Tyreese Walking Dead Season 3 Mid Season Finale Ratings Top 15 MillionChad Coleman as the long-awaited Tyreese (A.K.A T-Dog 3.0)

AMC’s President Charlie Collier took time to give kudos to the cast and crew of The Walking Dead and to brag about the record breaking ratings:

“Representing both the studio and the network as AMC does on this project, I speak for so many when I say ‘thank you’ and congratulations to everyone involved. The records that ‘The Walking Dead’ shattered today represent an enormous achievement of which we are so proud.”

The Walking Dead post show The Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick, also took a boost this season to 2.2 million total viewers, upping from its 2.1 million total viewers. During Sunday’s episode, Hardwick announced the chat-show would be moving up to immediately follow The Walking Dead at 11 and will be expanding from 30 minutes to an hour starting in February – moving Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men to Thursdays.

Although an official Walking Dead season 4 renewal has yet to be announced, with these kinds of ratings it’s more a matter of when than if. AMC already let the renewal news slip in late September when they announced a new contest with the Red Cross that offers lucky blood donors a chance to win a trip to the set of The Walking Dead season 4.

Walking Dead Midseason Ratings run Walking Dead Season 3 Mid Season Finale Ratings Top 15 Million

As for the rest of season 3, not much is known at this time except that the show will return February 10th at its regular time, with ‘The Suicide King’. With the addition of Tyreese, many fans are worried that the much- loved Darryl Dixon’s head is the next on the chopping block – and with T-Dog (IronE Singleton) and Shane (Jon Bernthal) both hitting bones road (both of whom took on Tyreese’s traits from the comic books also) it might not look so good…

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The Walking Dead season 3 returns February 10th @ 9pm on AMC.

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  1. holy 10.5mil views thats insane thats cause its insanely awesome!!! i bet its gonna break records again when it returns in feb

    • my bad there needs to be an edit button for your comment when u post it <., ment to say 15mil instead of 10.5

  2. Holy cow! People really love zombies :)

    • Nah. Just a well-written, well-paced suspenseful and sensible, albeit fanciful, show, assisted by well constructed characters and unhindered by unrealistic romantic affairs.

      • “well-written” several of the lead writers were fired.
        “well-paced” many fans and critics alike complained about the pacing of the second series
        “suspenseful” Multiple scenes have no suspense at all
        “sensible” When?
        “albeit fanciful” They focused an episode entirely on implied rape
        “well constructed characters” Fan rage over Lori being portrayed as a ‘whore’ caused her to be killed off early in series 3. Meanwhile Carl has generated a whole new series of memes at how stupid and idiotic he is compared to the comics.
        “unhindered by unrealistic romantic affairs” Lori sleeps with Shane causing a love triangle that last 2 series with them having sex most the time until Shane almost rapes her.

        • Scarilian, haha, you’re kind of right. The 2nd season was badly paced and writers where fired. But, the blog post was referencing recent growth in popularity. And, my comment, yes unclearly, were in that regards.

          “Sensible”, meaning appreciable, as opposed to realistic, development of certain events.
          “Albeit”, meaning: even though.
          “Fanciful”, as in unreal, due to the presence of zombies.

          I didn’t care for Lori, but she was more of a manipulative individual. Going back to the first two seasons, if I remember correctly, I don’t believe Lori and Shane’s relationship continued after Rick returned. Therefore, there really wasn’t a love triangle. There was tension, which made sense (i.e. sensible). But, there isn’t the over abundance of romance found in many other shows.

      • Then why are they watching this?

  3. DARYL CANNOT DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I really hope they don’t kill him off——-he is too much loved <3

  4. I watched the first Season, and a the first few episodes of Season 2 and got Bored with Zombies, Already bored with Vampires and NO those “Things” from Twilight do not count as Vampires.

    • Yeah season 1 and the first few episodes of season 2 were slow. But then the show got totally awesome. Fastest hour on tv by far.

    • If you truly like vampire series ie books you should check out L.A. Banks Vampire huntress series. Best new age vampire supernatural books out there.

  5. Thank goodness Talking Dead has been boosted to an hour. That show felt so rushed and cramped they barely had time to talk anything. I’m probably in the minority here but I hope Comic Book Men still gets descent ratings its a pretty good show.

    • Comic Book Men is moving to primetime on Thursdays. I think it’ll be okay (I hope).

      Thrilled that Talking Dead will be an hour.

    • I can’t stand Chris Hardwick. His excessive overdoing of “nerdiness” makes the show unwatchable. Ruins it for me.
      ditto for Comic Book Men. At least for that show it’s not the people, I just don’t find their “conversations” stimulating. I tried. They’re just boring to me. I guess I’m not in the target demographic.

      • You just gotta like Hardwicks brand of comedy, its not for everyone. But I do agree that he does kind of over do his act sometimes. As for Comic Book Men, I believe most of their conversations are scripted so it might not be their fault. But what do you consider your demographic to be friend?

        • In case anyone forgot [really??? how could you??] TDKR is now available on Itunes for download!!
          I’m downloading as I type! and I’ve already “gifted” it to a few close friends!

          to answer your question….

          Yeah, I guess whether the conversations are scripted or not, and you’re right, they probably are, they just seem like incredibly vapid conversations.

          I love sports cars, and I love Batman, and I’ll quote Nolan’s Trilogy word for word from dusk til dawn,
          but I’ve never been able to get myself to read any batman comics…

          I guess I’m more of a visual, watch the actors face, listen to the cracking of Alfred’s voice…watch the subtle gleam in Hardy’s eye kind of guy, as opposed to fantasizing over a drawing..

          I guess I might have memories of curling up with an old archie comic “calvin & Hobbes ” style in front of a heater with a cup o Hot Chocolate, but … that was a long time ago…

          and these guys, or the show.. I watched a few minutes of a few episodes, or listenened to it in the b ackground while on teh computer, and at times it seemed like a pawn shop for comics or c”collectible” items..

          and the guys seemed like they were from a different planet, the way they talked, the jokes they made, the joke about them looking like Hobos but they’re all married.. I cringed…

          I bet they’re probably nice guys in real life, and yeah.. “where the hell’s my TV show…” yeah… I agree it’s harder than it looks….
          and Kevin Smith is supposed to be really famous etc…

          but it’s not for me dude…

          It’s for people like them who “understand” that language.
          people who obsess over comic books [like I do over BMWs and MBs, and Aventadors] and “Never removed from box” and just a “different culture”

          I just don’t “get it” I’m afraid.

          • F the TDKR. Get the first hardcover of the New 52 Batman & read a real Batman story. Not Vigilantes & Terrorists: the Christopher Nolan Story. Yawwwwwwnnnn.

    • Comic book men should be bumped back up to an hour!

    • My only small complaint about the talking dead, is sometimes I feel the celebrity guests don’t know as much about the walking dead as others. But I would love to see Yvette Nicole Brown become a co host. Damn she was a walking dead encylopedia.

  6. I am glad it’s getting the ratings. This is such a well done show. In fact, it out does Sons of Anarchy and American Horror Story by a long shot and those are both still excellent shows.

    I can’t wait to see where this goes. I am up to date on the comics. But I love how the show takes parts of the stories and make it their own so that it’s something new and not just copied comic material.

    Kudos to AMC and the cast/crew of the show.

    • And Kudos to Kirkman as well!

      • Kirkman kinda made an enemy of me after what he did to Glenn in comic 100.

    • Breaking Bad is still king. Though I gotta say some of the kills they get away with you think would be on Showtime not AMC.

  7. Shane’s cameo was pretty badass!

    • You mean the wolverine cameo?

      • Haha that funny, he did look wolverine-ish. But that’s what the actual guy looked like (the one that Rick actually shoots dead).

      • LOOOL! So true

      • lolz :)

      • I thought Wolverine as well!!

        • Shane’s healing factor brought him back :D

  8. That’s great! Almost all of my friends and family watch the show. Cheers to a consistently awesome & engaging series! The writers, actors and staff are perfect. On a similar note..if they choose to kill off Daryl, the show will seriously lose half their fanbase (including me).. hahahaha (seriously though….)

  9. If they end up killing off Darryl I will be sooooo freakin’ pissed off. I love the show to death and I love all the characters, but Darryl is the absolute man in the show; he’s the best character on the show (in my opinion).

    • Spoiler unless you watch the preview after the episode!!!

      Pretty pissed they showed darrel in the woods… so i know he makes it out.

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        Darryl, according to sources was spotted filming until the end so it sounds like he makes it through the season(or at least I hope) LOL

        • YES DARYL IS FINE IS HE IN THE TRAILER FOR NEXT SEASON TWICE! NOTHING HAPPENS HE PROBABLY BOSSES IT UP AND PUNCHES THE GOV STR8 IN HIS FACE AND THEN KICKS MERLE IN THE NUTSACK AND BLASTS THOSE OTHER IDIOTS IN THEIR FACES!

  10. Shane and Ricks relationship is much like Wolverine and Cyclops. If only the movies had good acting like they do in this tv show. :D

  11. Maybe dude that plays Shane should take over as wolverine in the movies. He would be killer in that role!

  12. Shane lukd HOT!!! Bring him bak somehow…make him have a twin a ghost..make Rick always see him…Shane come bak!!

    • Crazyy…

  13. ATTENTION. AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE IT STATES THAT MANY FANS ARE WORRIED DARYL WILL DIE NEXT. PLEASE DO NO IGNORANTLY THINK THIS, AND DO NOT WORRY. DARYL IS IN THE TRAILER FOR THE NEXT HALF OF THE SEASON TWICE. ONCE RUNNING THROUGH THE WOODS AND ONCE BENDING DOWN TO OPEN THE GATES FOR ANDREA TO THE PRISON. SO DO NOT WORRY DARYL LIVES.

  14. The “T-Dawg 3.0″ caption made me chuckle, because it’s so true. It seems like there can be only one black dude on the cast at the same time. As soon as they introduce a new one the present one dies. Luckily the same rule doesn’t seem to apply to the girls.

    • Or we can hope Michonne bites it. She brings nothing to the show. She has no reason to be there.

      She is so not used like her comic counterpart that she could come or go and not be missed.

      Just because she carries a sword and looks like a nomad people thinks she is all of that.

      As much as I like her character in the books the one in the show can go bye bye and she wouldnt be missed.

      • She brings a sense of bad acting.

        • I also put some of the blame on the directing and writing. I mean they are allowing her to ‘act’ like that so it is just as much their fault.

          We can kind of blame the fanbase also. They wanted Michonne so bad maybe she was just written in to appease the fans. I dont see why it was still a strong show without her and could have waited for her giving her a proper intro and place.

          Again they seem to be rushing a lot of stuff.

          • I reserve my judgment about her until I can see her being herself for a change. So far there was only one short normal scene with her, when she was caring for Andrea at the beginning at the season. In all the other scenes since then she was in hunting/defense/mistrust mode, which paints a pretty skewed picture of her. I bet we only get to see the real Michone after the mid-season break, when she gets a chance to trust the group and interact with them in a normal fashion.

            • I don’t like the spin they did on her either from the comics but I guess they must be doing something right based on the ratings. Also Kirkman loves reactions so I wouldn’t be surprised if he did it on purpose to get a irate reaction from the comic readers, LOL. I’ll be interesting to see how the ratings come Feb. A lot of my co-workers have just started watching the show and are hooked so the word of mouth seems to be spreading now. 15 million is a lot and to best the series finale of Lost is an accomplishment of itself

              • I don’t know the comics, so I can look at her character unbiased. ;)

              • The thing is the spin itself doesnt make sense. It is difficult to see a character act (and also ‘act’) the way she does.

                There is no hint as to why she is the way she is. There is no hint to why she has issue with the Gov but not say Andrea when first met. It appears she trusts no one yet helped Andrea and carried her for a few months.

                Her character is just ecletic for no reason. Top that off with what I consider poor acting (on her behalf or the director/writer) and it just comes off as a pretty bad character. Compare it to the books character makes it even worse.

                Even if they deviated from her character in the books they could have deviated better.

                • “It appears she trusts no one yet helped Andrea…”

                  My feeling on that is Michone noticed that Andrea 1: refused to give up the fight despite the hoplessness in the situation, and 2: Andrea was doing a pretty good job despite that she was completely exhausted and out numbered.

                  If Andrea had been running screaming, or cowering with fear, I feel Michone’s character would have let her die, but Andrea kept fighting and was doing so with skill.

                  A true Badd Ass always respects anther Bad Ass.

          • You need to settle down. If you don’t like go read the comic. I read it up to like 80 & had enough. The show has done a great jobs. Just gotta gripe to gripe. Balls….

            • What happens if I dont settle down? Or ar you suggesting that on an open forum where I am permitted to express my ideas and views that I dont?

              Please ghelp me understand who you are with the ability to suggest I settle down when I believe I am settled, I have a wife kid home and nice job. Thats pretty settled.

  15. If Daryl Dies.. We Riot

    • Daryl does not die, at least not yet. I can 100% guarantee it.

      • I know he’s not going to YET but it will just suck when he does.

        My guess..

        Meryl dies for betraying the Govna so badly.
        It will just be interesting to see Daryl patting Rick on the back for taking someone who threatens the group out when tyrese will be in disbelief.
        This will be fun!

    • Daryl dies in series 5. Calling it now. this series ends with the death of Judith Grimes and a bunch of others.

  16. With these kind of numbers they should be looking at doing a spin-off show.
    I would love to see a new show set in the same universe but a different set of people, maybe set in the west coast. You could have it start just before the out break and see how the world starts to break down.
    That way it feels different but still gives you that Zombie fix we all need.

    My ultimate dream would bee to have a “Terriers” crossover that picks up where Hank and Britt find themselves fighting the walkers in post apocolytic San Diego!

    • Why America? How about someplace like Japan with so many more people and basically locked in by water. That would be pretty tough to do without a movies big budget…I doubt it could be done on a series budget. Just think though. If there ever was such an apocalypse the worse places to be woud be around Asia with so many more people….?pretty tough to ever get out alive

      • Read WWZ. (before the movie comes out. hen don’t go see the movie)

  17. Damn, over 15 million?
    How many more records will this show break? Didn’t the season 3 premiere also break records?

  18. Love the show but this “mid-season finale” stuff has got to go. Guess they (the network/producers/writers) made enough money they can take a 2 month break. Hope “they” can hold 15 million viewers at bay that long.

  19. Yes not knowing the comics gives you a different outlook on Michonnes character…she went back because the governor sent Merle and the others out to kill her..wouldn’t that piss you off if you were trying to leave and they just wanted to kill you remember she told Andrea they dont let you leave or she went back to wait for Andrea and Governor. She is the only one had guts enough to confront the governor and take out his daughter I loved that…he said dont kill my little girl…little girl more like zombie…lol. Also she bought the two groups together…without her Ricks group would never have known were Maggie and Glen went…what they would just assume they were eaten by the walkers. She brings flavor and spice to the show. Cant wait to see how her character devolops!

    • She had more of a reason to do what she did to him in the comic then the show. That was the only thing I didn’t like.

    • Than why not kill/go after Merle? Why did she not tell Andrea what the Gov did?

      She was the only one besides maybe the Doctor that knew about Penny. Yet you probably had compassion for Hershel and his barn?

      No they would have (see Merles history) looked for their own. Possibly finding Woodbury.

      She brings a bad taste and blandness to the show. I HOPE her character develops as it is not now.

  20. Michonne killing the Governors daughter was brilliant. Good way to get him to snap and go super insane. Brilliant season.

  21. If they kill Daryl, a much beloved character, in order to make room for Tyreese, they have to realize that’s just going to alienate a LOT of show fans against the guy. While comic fans might be psyched to see the return of this character and eager to put him in his “rightful” place as Rick’s 2IC, the show will need to establish Tyreese in such a way that it doesn’t alienate the fans and ignore the direction that the show’s been going so far.

    The Daryl/Merle story might create a shift in the character dynamics and make room for Tyreese to prove himself, though. :)

  22. I think Michonnes character is bad ass! I do find it frustrating that she doesn’t communicate, but knowledge is power and she only shares the bare minimum that she has to. I thought her last scene with Rick was her best one. You can see that she really wants to be part of the group and is tired of running solo. I hope we get to see her character develop more and that it allows the actress to reveal more layers and show us what she can do. You can only do so much with a character who walks around scowling and not communicating. But this is one of the best things about this show: the complexity of the characters. Not 2 dimensional with predictable dialogs and outcomes.

  23. I THINK THIS SHOW IS AMAZING!!! WHO WOULD THINK TO COME UP WITH THIS TYPE A SHOW … I DO ENJOY EVERYONE IN THE GROUP! BUT I TRULY HOPE WE GET TO SEE A WHOLE LOT MORE IN THE REST OF SEASON 3! I ALSO HAVE BEEN WONDERING ABOUT MORGIN AND HIS SON I THINK HE COMES BACK IN THE SHOW JUST HAVE NO CLUE WHEN ..EVEN IF YOU READ THE COMIC BOOKS THAT DOESNT MEAN ANYTHING CUZ THE SHOW DOES THEIR OWN TWIST TO IT SO JUST BE READY TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AND DONT EXPECT ANYTHING CUZ YOU NEVER KNOW …

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