[26 October 2011]
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
LOS ANGELES — AMC has renewed zombie drama “The Walking Dead” for a third season, the network announced Tuesday.
Currently in its second season, the series has brought in impressive ratings in the coveted 18 to 49 demographic. This season’s 90-minute premiere, which aired Oct. 16, drew 7.3 million total viewers — with 4.8 million in the 18 to 49 demo.
In addition to the ratings success, the renewal is more good news for the show considering how the recent exit of series creator and executive producer Frank Darabont called to question how the show would perform under the leadership of Glen Mazzara.
The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, after a zombie apocalypse as they search for security.
The 13-episode second season will take a break over the holidays, with the remaining six episodes returning in February.