'Walking Dead' Returns to Series-High 10.9M Viewers

Most-watched telecast for any drama series in basic cable history among total viewers

Sunday's third season premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead delivered record ratings again for AMC, attracting 10.9 million total viewers, an increase of 50% over last season's premiere.

The zombie drama also drew 7.3 million in the adults 18-49 demographic, up 52% over last year. Walking Dead also improved 46% in adults 25-54 (6.1 million). The 7.4 HH rating was up 54% over last year's premiere as well.

Overall, Sunday's episode grossed 15.2 million total viewers, 10.3 million 18-49 and 8.6 million 25-54, through three airings.

The premiere of Talking Dead also returned well over its first season, attracting 2.1 million total viewers, up 85% over last year's premiere. The 11 p.m. airing also saw an increase of 92% with adults 18-49 (1.5M) and 71% with adults 25-54 (1.3M).