The third season finale of “The Walking Dead” delivered another series-high rating Sunday night — and despite coming up against the highly-anticipated premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” AMC’s zombie hit drew 12.4 million viewers for the finale, a number which just barely beat out the show’s previous record viewership of 12.3 million from its February mid-season premiere. The show also had 8.1 million adults 18-49, making it the week’s top program. “The Walking Dead” has been a ratings phenomenon this season, averaging a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49 — higher than any other show on television.
“Two words: Grateful. Dead. It’s a joy that we get to work with such tremendous talent to make ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Talking Dead’ [the post-‘Walking Dead’ talk show] come to life for audiences that continue to engage and grow,” said Charlie Collier, AMC’s president. “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.”