AMC's "The Walking Dead" Season Three Premiere Delivers 12.3 Million Viewers Making it the Largest Audience in Series History

AMC's "The Walking Dead" Season Three Premiere Delivers 12.3 Million Viewers
Making it the Largest Audience in Series History

  Last Night's Episode Cements AMC's "The Walking Dead" as the #1 Television
  Program of the Season Among Adults 18-49 With Series Average Outdelivering
Hits Including "Modern Family," "NCIS," "The Big Bang Theory," "Two and a Half
              Men," "Duck Dynasty," and "American Horror Story"

  "Talking Dead" Delivers 2.7 Million Adults 18-49 and 4.1 Million Viewers

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Last night, AMC's mid-season three
premiere of "The Walking Dead" returned with its largest audience ever in
series history delivering 12.3 million viewers at the 9pm premiere. The
previous record was 10.9 million viewers from the season three premiere on
October 14, 2012. The episode is also the strongest telecast for a series in
basic cable history for adults 18-49 with 7.7 million. These results shatter
the hit series' previous record with an increase of +6% (A18-49) over the
October 14, 2012 season three premiere. "The Walking Dead" season three series
average for adults 18-49 delivers 6.8 million, outperforming other television
series season averages including "Modern Family," 'The Big Bang Theory," "Two
and A Half Men," and "NCIS." In addition to the 9 PM premiere, the show
encored at 11 PM, midnight and 2am, delivering 16.6 million viewers for the

Following the 9 PM premiere of "The Walking Dead," AMC premiered a new episode
of "Talking Dead" at 10 PM. 4.1 million viewers tuned in to the live show.
Hosted by Chris Hardwick, "Talking Dead" is a companion series to "The Walking
Dead" and features Hardwick and fans, actors, producers and other TV
enthusiasts, discussing and dissecting that night's "Dead" premiere. The
series expanded to a full hour with the final 8 episodes of season three.

"When you look at numbers like this, the first thing that comes to mind is how
grateful we are to the fans of this show. They embrace 'The Walking Dead' in
a way that we wanted to believe was possible but we never take for granted,"
said Charlie Collier, AMC's president. "The cast and crew put everything they
have into making this show. They're a phenomenally talented group who truly
give their all. We congratulate everyone involved."

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season three B premiere of "The Walking Dead":

  o9pm airing – 7.3 HH rating with 12.3 million viewers; a +40%/+51% increase
    respectively over last year's season 2B premiere
  o9pm airing - Adults 18-49 delivered 7.7 million viewers; a +44%increase
    over last year's season 2B premiere
  o9pm airing - Adults 25-54 delivered 6.7 million viewers; a +51% increase
    over last year's season 2B premiere.
  o9pm premiere, 11pm, midnight and 2am airings grossed to 16.6 million
    viewers, 10.7 million Adults 18-49 and 8.9 million Adults 25-54

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season three B premiere of "Talking Dead":

  *10pm: 2.6 HH rating with 4.1 million viewers, +225%/+371% vs. last
    year's season 2B premiere.
  *10pm: 2.7 million Adults 18-49, +396% vs. last year's season 2B
  *10pm: 2.3 million Adults 25-54, +369% vs. last year's season 2B

Source: Nielsen. Live+SD. M-Sa 8P-11P/Su 7P-11P. The Walking Dead Season 3B
Premiere (2/10/13); Season 3 to Date 10/14/12-2/10/13 vs. 12/13 Season to Date
(9/24/12-2/7/13) Broadcast and Cable. 9/13/93-2/7/12, Ad Supported Cable,
Telecast Level Data. Excluding Sports, News, Specials. A18-49 (000). 3B
Premiere (2/10/13) vs 2B Premiere (2/12/12). Qual Avail Upon Request.

Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "the greatest thriller ever produced for
television," "The Walking Dead" has become a juggernaut on social media. The
series currently has close to 15 million likes on Facebook and last night "The
Walking Dead" was a top trend on Twitter for the night of the mid-season
premiere. Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, the Emmy
Award-winning series tells the story of the months and years that follow the
zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick
Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.

About AMC

AMC reigns as the only cable network in history to ever win the Emmy^® Award
for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row. Whether commemorating
favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original
programming, the AMC experience is an uncompromising celebration of great
stories.AMC's original stories include: "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "The
Walking Dead," "The Killing" and "Hell on Wheels." AMC further demonstrates
its commitment to the art of storytelling with its slate of unscripted
original series, as well as curated movie franchises like AMC's Can't Get
Enough and AMC's Crazy About.AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc.
and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv.AMC is
available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and
mobile. AMC: Story Matters Here^SM.

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