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AMC renews ‘The Walking Dead’ for a third season

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Metro Atlanta should be seeing more soul-crushing zombies around next year because AMC has quickly renewed “The Walking Dead” for a third season just two episodes into season two.

The zombie drama drew 7.3 million viewers week one and another 6.7 million this past Sunday, excellent retention for a second week. Its 18-49 demo numbers are better than most broadcast network shows with a 3.6 share this past Sunday, better than “Desperate Housewives” and “The Amazing Race,” to name a couple of competitors.

Given those numbers, a quick renewal is not a surprise. AMC did the same thing a year ago, renewing the show after two episodes.

Its ratings are more than triple that of  “Mad Men.”

“Today we are pleased to announce that the ‘dead’ shall live as we proudly renew ‘The Walking Dead’ for a third season on AMC and, globally, with our terrific partners at Fox International Channels,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s President in a press release. “We are thankful for everyone’s contribution in front of and behind the camera as we continue to make ‘The Walking Dead’ a unique television experience. And, we are so proud as it continues to set viewership records around the world.”

- In other local TV news, BET’s “Reed Between the Lines” starring Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm-Jamal Warner opened at a promising 3.3 million after the BET Hip Hop Awards October 11 but last week, the show tumbled to just 1.2 million viewers. People on my blog found it a bit stale and boring, even though the two lead actors are pros.  Those figures are far below ratings of “The Game” last year.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

16 comments Add your comment

FIRST IN LINE

October 25th, 2011
2:26 pm

RealTalk

October 25th, 2011
2:32 pm

Best Show on TV

Vanessa

October 25th, 2011
2:38 pm

I love this show!!!

Brandt Hardin

October 25th, 2011
2:44 pm

This is great news for the fans, I just wish they would keep the pace up with the show, which lags at times. If you can’t get enough zombie action this week before Episode 3 and Halloween, check out the Zombie Walk of Fame with celebrity zombie portraits daily! You can see the whole Count Down to Halloween at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/search/label/Zombie%20Walk%20of%20Fame

Zoinks

October 25th, 2011
2:50 pm

Is T-Dog’s combined blood infection and fever resulting just from cutting his arm on the car in season premiere, or did the bleeding-infected-blood zombie Darryl (the redneck) threw on top of T-Dog’s bleeding arm while out on the highway infect him with the zombie virus?

Zoinks

October 25th, 2011
2:56 pm

SPOILER ALERT:

Is the baby that Rick’s wife is carrying, discovered by Dr. Jenner’s mandatory blood test & whispered to Rick before the CDC vaporized, fertilized by him or by his best friend Shane?

Skin

October 25th, 2011
2:58 pm

I love the show, but I swear the five minute commercials are daunting, to say the least.

Zooey

October 25th, 2011
3:33 pm

Skin: Get yourself a DVR (couldn’t live without it). Love this show too – so happy it’s been renewed.

oldtimer

October 25th, 2011
3:39 pm

It is starting to bore me

Alan

October 25th, 2011
3:44 pm

Next weeks highlights look a lot better than ep 2. Not sure why shane and the other guy are trapped when they broke the window to the door? Hey quit ripping on daryl, he saved tdog twice and then gave some medicine for him. He’s nothing like his brother. lol

Walking Fan

October 25th, 2011
4:06 pm

I know it’s too late to affect this season since filming is over until after this season ends, but the writers must follow the recipe from season 1 which put this series on the map!
The element of suprise is what made the show that went from inception to a runaway hit. Firing the original producer was not what this series needed for he was the visionary like Steve Jobs was to Apple Corporation. The predictable scripts, if allowed to continue, will cause this number 1 show to fall into the sea of forgetfulness.
Last but not least …..enough with the endless commercials!!! The production company was successful in slashing the budget on the this series, so it should take less sponsors advertising their goods and services!!!!! We need more show content and less Toyota and insurance company commercials!!!!

Mercedes S.

October 25th, 2011
4:37 pm

The budget this season is only half of what they got last year, hence the much too long commercial blocks. Follow advice from above, record and watch with ads ff’ed.

Deirdre

October 25th, 2011
6:00 pm

I just watched ep 2. Fantastic and ffing through the ads is the best! Happy to see the new characters. Smart people who have managed to survive.

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angelinox

October 25th, 2011
8:47 pm

never seen it but my friend plays drums on the score.

walkingdeadfanatic

October 26th, 2011
3:36 pm

LOVE the show!

Hmm, I didn’t think Jenner whispered about the pregnancy. Interesting. I wonder how much the show will follow the comic. In the comic strip it is Shane’s baby. Will Michonne be introduced this season? Who will play her? Jada Pinkett Smith could do a good job. When will Merle show back up? I bet he has Sophia. Why in the heck did she wonder off? Can’t wait until next week.

I would love to see Idris Elba play Tyresse.