'Walking Dead' Season 3 finale ratings hit series high; 'Bible' finishes strong

walking-dead-season-3-finale-governor-david-morrissey-amc.jpg"The Walking Dead" has done it again, delivering a new series ratings high of 12.4 million viewers for the Season 3 finale. The previous benchmark was established with Season 3's midseason premiere, which drew 12.26 million viewers.

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"Dead" has been on a ratings tear, routinely establishing new highs with its much-anticipated season premieres and finales. The Season 3 premiere drew a then-high 10.87 million viewers, a big jump from the Season 2 finale's then-high of 8.99 million viewers.

Demonstrating the massive growth the series has seen, the Season 1 finale drew 5.97 million viewers, which was a series high at that point.

"The Walking Dead" finale drew 8.1 million viewers in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic, once again topping all cable and broadcast competition for the week. "The Walking Dead" ranks as TV's #1 show season-to-date in adults 18-49.

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The massive audience helped boost lead-out talkshow "Talking Dead" to an all-time high of 5.2 million viewers (including 3.3. million adults 18-49). While AMC's press release touted "Talking Dead" drawing a larger audience than HBO's premiere of "Game of Thrones," the comparisons don't entirely hold up. Especially given the multiple airings and viewing platforms "Game of Thrones" will benefit from throughout the week.

Meanwhile, the conclusion of History's "The Bible" miniseries drew 11.7 million total viewers for its two hour finale, including 3.8 million adults 18-49 and 4.6 million adults 25-54. While those numbers are up from recent installments, they were no match for the 13.1 million viewers who tuned in for the miniseries' premiere on March 3. The Easter night finale was specifically timed to focus on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

History claims "The Bible" actually outdrew "Walking Dead" in total viewers from 9-10 p.m. with 12.33 million viewers to "Dead's" 12.29 million viewers, but those numbers appear to conflict with AMC's figures.

"The Bible" averaged 11.4 million total viewers over its five week run. History's ongoing original series "Vikings" is averaging 5 million viewers to date, but will now face a future without "The Bible" as a lead-in.
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