'The Walking Dead' finale sets ratings record

the-walking-dead-106-whisper-320.jpgSeason 1 of "The Walking Dead" has ambled off with history-making ratings.

The AMC drama finished its six-episode freshman season Sunday night (Dec. 5), drawing more than 6 million total viewers in the 10 p.m. hour. With repeat airings at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., the total audience number swells to 8.1 million.

The real boast, however, is the 4 million viewers in the 18-49 adult demo, the largest of any drama in basic cable history.

Overall, the season averaged 3.5 million in the 18-49 demo, the best average of any basic cable drama going back to 1993.

In the series finale, the group of survivors discover that their sanctuary at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not the paradise they imagined.

"The Walking Dead" has been renewed for a second 13-episode season.


Photo/Video credit: AMC
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