‘The Walking Dead’ Has Highest-Rated Cable Premiere Of 2010

It’s official: “The Walking Dead” is a hit.

Judging by the buzz today, last night’s premiere of “The Walking Dead” on AMC went over well with just about everyone who tuned in for the live-action adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series. And now the numbers seem to support that success, too.

According to various reports, “The Walking Dead” premiere was viewed by 5.3 million people last night — the largest audience ever for an AMC original series. The pilot episode also managed to pull in 3.6 million adults in the 18-49 age demographic, and became the highest-rated cable series to premiere in 2010.

It’s worth noting that the episode was run again at 11:30 PM after its initial premiere, making the final tally 8.1 million viewers on the night.

“It’s a good day to be dead. We are so proud of this series, its depth of storytelling and the remarkable talent attached,” said AMC president Charlie Collier in an official statement. “As the network dedicated to bringing viewers the best stories on television, we are so pleased to have the opportunity with The Walking Dead to raise the bar within this popular genre and continue our commitment to being the home of premium television on basic cable.”

“The Walking Dead is that rare piece of programming that works on so many levels,” said AMC SVP of original programming, production and digital content Joel Stillerman. “It is legitimately great storytelling that is not only highly entertaining, but incredibly thought provoking as well. People who are familiar with the comic books know what’s coming, but suffice it to say, this is only the beginning of a long, intense, and powerful ride. Long live The Walking Dead.”

With such high praise and the numbers to back it up, it seems like only a matter of time before the series gets picked up for a second season. Until then (and afterward), keep it locked to Splash Page for “The Walking Dead” news, interviews, and updates.

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