'The Walking Dead': 7.3 million watch season 2 premiere

Zombies have done it -- crossed over to a mainstream audience, that is. Sunday's (Oct. 16) season 2 premiere of "The Walking Dead" drew 7.3 million viewers, breaking records in two key demographics -- 4.8 million adults 18-49 and 4.2 million adults 25-54.According to an AMC press release, the numbers are up more than 30 percent over 2010's season 1 debut. To put it in perspective, "Mad Men's" fourth season premiere -- in July 2010 -- drew 2.5 million viewers, while 2.6 million tuned in to "Breaking Bad's" July season 4 debut."'The Walking Dead' is one of those rare television programs that reaches both a core genre fan as well as broad audiences simply looking for a great, character-based story," said AMC president Charlie Collier.Season 1 had an average of 3.5 million viewers per episode....

'Walking Dead' Season 2 premiere shatters basic cable records

Zombie fever appears not to have peaked, as AMC's "The Walking Dead" returned on Sunday (October 16) night to record ratings. The super-sized 90-minute premiere drew a whopping 7.3 million viewers, including an impressive 4.8 million viewers among adults 18-49.

Andrea is Trapped by a Zombie on 'The Walking Dead' Premiere (VIDEO)

As much as 'The Walking Dead' (Sun., 10PM ET on AMC) is only going to work if it's about the characters and their stories, the fact that we are given reasons to care about them makes the zombie scares that much more compelling. Then there's the fact that sometimes it's just cool to be stuck on the edge of your seat wondering if and how they're going to get out of this latest mess. Fans of the Robert Kirkman comic book series, and even this show, know that not everyone always gets away, which makes these moments even more intense.

THE WALKING DEAD “What Lies Ahead” Season 2 Premiere

THE WALKING DEAD  Season 2  Episode 1  “What Lies Ahead” airs Sunday October 16 at 9pm on AMC. Episode Synopsis : In the Season 2 premiere, Rick and the group leave Atlanta and encounter a threat on the highway the likes of which they’ve never seen. Elsewhere, the group search for a missing person. Read More...

'The Walking Dead' special effects guru Greg Nicotero inks AMC deal

Things are pretty lively behind the scenes at AMC's "The Walking Dead." The latest development: On Thursday (Sept. 15), special effects make-up guru Greg Nicotero was named a co-executive producer and snagged himself a first-look development deal with the network.This is good news for fans of the zombie hit. Nicotero's creative stamp is all over the look-and-feel of the show and he's a stabilizing force in the absence of creator Frank Darabont, who parted ways with the show in late July just days after hyping the second season at Comic-Con.According to an AMC press release, Nicotero has also directed several webisodes for the show and will helm an episode himself."I have always felt like the show had a cinematic feel and everyone involved is dedicated to making this show something special," says Nicotero in the press release. "To be able to branch out and to develop not only the web series but also genre material...

'The Walking Dead' Season 2 teaser: Rick Grimes will rock you

AMC offered up the first look at Season 2 of "The Walking Dead" on Sunday night (July 17), and the situation for Rick Grimes has not really improved.It's quiet, it's gruesome, and it's kind of awesome.The 60-second promo that aired during "Breaking Bad's" season premiere shows Rick (Andrew Lincoln) in the woods, unarmed and stalked by a pair of zombies. Unarmed with a gun, that is: It turns out he's pretty deadly with a large rock in his hand too.Like some of the best scenes in Season 1, the teaser contains no dialogue -- just ambient sounds, Rick's labored breathing and some rather squishy rock-against-head noise. The show used silence to great effect last year, and by doing so again here we're drawn right back in."The Walking Dead" returns to AMC in October. What do you think of the teaser?...