'Walking Dead' ratings steady ahead of finale; 'Bates Motel' even in week two

walking-dead-steven-yeun-lauren-cohan-this-sorrowful-life-season-3-amc.jpgIt's a good time for horror on cable TV right now, with AMC's "The Walking Dead" continuing to score massive ratings as it approaches the end of Season 3 and A&E's "Bates Motel" proving its solid series premiere was no fluke.

"The Walking Dead" drew 10.99 million viewers for Sunday (March 24) night's penultimate episode, which was a slight increase over the previous week's 10.84 million. Among adults 18-49, the show slipped to a 5.4, a modest decline from the previous week's 5.5 and a low for the second half of Season 3.

Thumbnail image for bates-motel-freddie-highmore-norman-bates-pilot-march-18-2013-a-e.jpgHowever, that's still easily the week's top performance in adults 18-49 across all networks. The broadcast leader among adults 18-49 was FOX's "American Idol" which drew a 3.6 for the March 20 Top 9 performance show.

Meanwhile, the second episode of A&E's "Bates Motel" on Monday (March 25) night matched the strong performance in adults 18-49 of its series premiere last week, once again drawing 1.6 million adults 18-49. The show grew in adults 25-54, drawing 1.7 million compared to the premiere's 1.6 million. But it was down a bit in total viewers, with 2.8 million viewers tuning in for episode 2 at 10 p.m. versus 3 million for the premiere.
Photo/Video credit: AMC / A&E
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