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'The Walking Dead' kills: Record ratings...

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Hershel Greene (Scott

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) in " The Walking Dead" Season 2, Episode 8 . (Credit: AMC/)

Huge night for "The Walking Dead" which pretty much acted like the Grammys didn't even exist...8.1 million viewers, which isn't all that far off to a total viewer record in basic cable for a drama, while the show did blast the demo number out of the dead zone...

  Per AMC:  The "mid-season premiere of “The Walking Dead” became the strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history against key demos including 5.4 million adults 18-49 and 4.4 million adults 25-54....The show delivered 8.1 million viewers for its 9pm premiere and delivered 10.1 million viewers for the night (9pm premiere and 11pm and 12:30 am encores). "

  "Comic Book Men" of course fared less well - 2 million - but still not bad. 

Tags: the walking dead , amc

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