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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk