'The Walking Dead' Renewed for Season 3 on AMC

The Season 2 premiere shattered a 10-year old basic cable ratings record, which lead to this Season 3 pick-up.

AMC renews The Walking Dead for Season 3
AMC renews The Walking Dead for Season 3
AMC announced today the renewal of The Walking Dead for a third season. Season two's premiere on Sunday, October 16th delivered the strongest telecast for any drama in basic cable history against Adults 18-49 (4.8 million) and Adults 25-54 (4. 2 million) shattering a basic cable record set nearly 10 years ago for a single drama telecast (The Dead Zone). The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Glen Mazzara serves as series' showrunner. Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Frank Darabont are executive producers. Greg Nicotero is a co-executive producer.

"Today we are pleased to announce that the 'dead' shall live as we proudly renew The Walking Dead for a third season on AMC and, globally, with our terrific partners at Fox International Channels," said Charlie Collier, AMC's President. "We are thankful for everyone's contribution in front of and behind the camera as we continue to make The Walking Dead a unique television experience. And, we are so proud as it continues to set viewership records around the world."

Fox International Channels rolled-out its global launch for The Walking Dead this weekend, with premieres on FIC's cable networks in Europe, Asia, Latin American, Africa and the Middle East. The series' international premieres delivered equally impressive results in all major international TV markets, and broke pay-TV ratings' records across the world. Over 10 million viewers in 122 countries tuned in live to watch the second season premiere of this highly anticipated returning drama. And, FIC will once again be the international broadcasting partner for the series with Entertainment One continuing to distribute in non-FIC markets.

"Partnering with AMC on The Walking Dead took some guts", said Sharon Tal Yguado, SVP of Scripted Programming at Fox International Channels. "But at the same time was the easiest programming decision we ever made. It's rare to come across a groundbreaking TV project that is also attached to some of the best talent in town. The Walking Dead was treated as a global event since day one and not only changed the traditional TV model but also changed our viewers' TV experience. It is now officially a global addiction with millions of fans around the globe wanting more. We are delighted to give it to them."

The Walking Dead secured a 2010 Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series - Drama and won the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.

The Walking Dead received rave reviews from countless critics, both domestic and international, who heralded the series as "above all else, The Walking Dead hasn't lost the most important ingredient in its strangely successful recipe: it's thrilling" (The Hollywood Reporter), "...with Dead's riveting cast of characters, the personal dynamics are almost as potent as the gory thrills" (US Weekly), "The Walking Dead is a feast. Dig in." (The Guardian- UK), "It doesn't even take three minutes to realize that this series is setting standards" (Der Tagesspiegel-Germany).



Sources: AMC

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  1. Nicholaus XX

    @ROFLitschristian -- I have yet to see those shows. They seem to be getting great feedback, though.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. Ghostman

    This series is great, one of my fave shows on right now, and i'm sure with the ratings it's getting, this can go on for another 10 years if they continue with the comics story-line :)

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  3. ROFLitschristian

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx *Coughcough* Dexter *cough* Homeland.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  4. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx True. That's why I'm hoping Hell on Wheels is one I can get into.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  5. Nicholaus XX

    @ROFLitschristian -- Ah, well - I guess there's nothing on TV on Sunday so I find it much easier to watch 'The Walking Dead' than you may.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  6. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Really? Wow! You should try watching my two favorite TV shows ever: The Office and Leave It To Beaver. 30 Rock is pretty good, but you have to start at the beginning to really get into it. A lot of different, great shows out there - you just gotta watch them from the beginning to really appreciate them.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  7. ejk1

    good news.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  8. SomethingMore

    They wont let this one go!

    3 years agoby @SomethingMoreFlag

  9. fanboy

    No surprise here

    3 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  10. CelluloidDreams

    Hell yeah...Ooh-rah!

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  11. thedude-abides

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Well, I'm not a big fan of t.v. shows, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but it doesn't do it for me. I've tried to watch both season premiers the last two years and have been unable to get through either one of them -- and I can literally watch anything. It's just too drawn out for my liking, but so is every other television series I've ever tried to watch.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  12. Dan

    Episode 2 this season was....... ehhh..... it was okay, introduced new characters, set up for the next episode. Anyways, cool about the renewal, but I hope it picks up the pace and zombie action, which I'm sure it will.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  13. ROFLitschristian

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx It's really not the show itself that bothers me. When things are so overhyped and circled like a religion I try to avoid becoming a brainless zombie (pun intended). But I guess the main reason is that when the first season premiered it came on after Dexter. I gave it the hour and a half for the pilot and liked it, a lot actually. But after an hour on the couch with Dexter I just didn't really want to sit there for a whole nother hour. What I'm trying to say is, if I was really attached to the show I wouldn't have mind sitting down and watching it for an hour a night.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  14. Nicholaus XX

    @ROFLitschristian -- I think I can agree with your statement. But, it's the kind of average show that keeps you coming back for more. Kind of like a guilty pleasure, I guess. I really like the tension they build around the characters and then show the predictability of becoming unpredictable.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  15. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Also, what is your position concerning this show?

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  16. Nicholaus XX

    @thedude-abides -- Oh, yes! I'm looking very forward to that show, I must say.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  17. ROFLitschristian

    I still think this show is average. But as long as it's keeping everyone off their vampire mania, then I can live with this overrated production.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  18. T.Clark

    F*ck yes.

    3 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  19. Cripple

    Awesome. This show is amazing.

    3 years agoby @crippleFlag

  20. Space101

    Sssoooo Awesome!

    3 years agoby @space101Flag

  21. thedude-abides

    Hell on Wheels is all I got to say.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  22. thrashnasty190

    Great news.

    3 years agoby @thrashnasty190Flag

  23. JacobTNA

    Great show. Glad it's renewed.

    3 years agoby @jacobtnaFlag