And in the "no surprises here" category, The Walking Dead will be dragging its corpse into a third season. The announcement came today from AMC president Charlie Collier, on the heels of the second episode of the season. The first season of the series was only planned as a six episode miniseries, but response was so tremendous, it quickly snowballed into a series - which then nabbed record-breaking ratings with its second-season premiere. More after the break.
The second-season premiere nabbed 7.3 million viewers, making it the highest-rated basic cable premiere ever. The ratings held strong into week two of the season, with 6.7 million viewers. In addition, this weekend Fox International Channels launched The Walking Dead in 122 countries, pulling in over 10 million viewers worldwide.
AMC may want to lock cast and crew into a couple more seasons while they are at it to avoid prolonged contract negotiations like they had with the folks on Mad Men (who consistantly face 18 months between seasons because of contract disputes).