THE WALKING DEAD has been rated the number one series in basic cable history with a season average of 3.5 million viewers.
The reported viewer demographic is 18-49… Perhaps if they counted the fragile minds of the younger viewers who undoubtedly have sneaked a peek at the bloody mayhem flowing freely on AMC the numbers might be higher. After all, the show is based on a black-and-white American comic book series of the same name published by Image Comics back in 2003.
I had a chance to see part of the debut episode on Halloween. The story chronicles the hardship of a group of people trying to survive in a world stricken by a zombie apocalypse. The first episode offered a brutal opening scene in which the main character of the show (played by Andrew Lincoln) blows the head off of a 12 year old blond girl when he realizes she is a zombie, then employed nonlinear flashbacks to introduce a couple of additional characters and enough back-story to peak viewer curiosity. I won’t give anything away here… (oxymoron) I mean, what’s there to give away? It’s a zombie show, us against them... nothing new, yet still compelling and more interesting to watch than many of the other shows out there. In any case, I’m sure youngsters across the nation are talking about it - finally something worth paying attention to on basic cable.