More than 7M watch 'Walking Dead' premiere

Oct. 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- More than 7.3 million viewers tuned in for the Season 2 premiere of the American zombie series, "The Walking Dead," AMC said.

The network said the ratings for Sunday's show were the strongest for any drama on basic cable history.

A combined 11 million viewers tuned in for the 9 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. airings.

"'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. We're so proud of and grateful for the amazing team on both sides of the camera who works so hard and is so committed to making this a unique programming event," Charlie Collier, AMC's president, said in a statement Monday. "That 'The Walking Dead' is now the most watched drama in the history of basic cable is staggering, just like our zombies."

Set after a zombie apocalypse, the series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. Andrew Lincoln plays Grimes.

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