'Walking Dead' Returns to Record 12.3 Million Viewers

AMC drama sets new series highs in midseason three premiere

The midseason premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead returned
to 12.3 million total viewers Sunday at 9 p.m. according to Nielsen, its
largest audience ever.

The episode also delivered a series-high 7.7 million adults
18-49. Walking Dead broke its previous series records
set for its third season premiere on Oct. 14, 2012,
in both marks,
improving 13% in total viewers and 6% in the key demo.

Combined with encores at 11 p.m., midnight and 2 a.m., the
episode garnered 16.6 million total viewers and 10.7 million adults 18-49 for
the night.

At 10 p.m., a new episode of Talking Dead averaged
4.1 million viewers and 2.7 million adults 18-49, up 95% and 80%, respectively,
over the season three premiere episode.

The Walking Dead has already been renewed for a fourth season, but without Glen Mazzara, who served as showrunner on the series for seasons two and three.