The Walking Dead Finale Sets Cable Ratings Record

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It was a record-setting ratings night for cable television on Sunday.

First, the Game of Thrones Season 3 premiere became that drama its most-watched episode to date.

And now AMC has confirmed that The Walking Dead finale garnered 12.4 million viewers, just enough to break the ratings record it set a month ago for the program's winter return.

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The series also pulled in 8.1 million adults 18-49, more than ANY scripted show on broadcast.

“In just three seasons, The Walking Dead has become a pop-culture phenomenon, entertaining millions of passionate viewers and obliterating traditional lines between cable and broadcast television," said AMC President Charlie Collier in a statement.

Did you catch the finale? Grade it now:


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i rate season 3 OVERALL an A.... but the finale i give it a B.


I'll miss Andrea for sure. It made no logic to write her character off. If people wouldn't have complained about her character so much, this season, i don't think it would've happened like that. I miss the days people just enjoyed television shows without their obnoxious interfering all of the time. Maybe they should just start writing their own series, if they truly believe they can do it so much better. I also never understood the complaining about the more slow paced episodes (meaning less action), cause those eps are the best. Stamping with feet on a plastic head won't do it for me.


Rick and the group almost lost there way this season. From the beginning they always helped themselves but they were willing to help the others in need. In the beginning they would of never left a guy on the side of the road begging for help and then at that end of the show find him dead and just pick up his back pack. They were never so cold. I think Rick was seeing Laurie because of his guilty decisions he was making. Only until he decided to save michonne and take in the innocent people at Woodbury that he stopped seeing Laurie. Because he found his way back and back to doing things for others and not just for themselves.


Great action and suspense. However - staying at the prison, not killing the governor, killing a decent character worth keeping around and instead trading that in for more kids and old people? Definitely a B


Graded it a B