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“The Walking Dead” Named Deadliest Show on TV

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If carnage is your thing, then you will definitely want to tune in to the zombie drama The Walking Dead.  The AMC series has been named the deadliest show on television by the funeral resource guide Funeralwise.com.

The show -- which resumed its third season Sunday night with its largest-ever audience at 12.3 million viewers -- averages 38 dead bodies per episode, and 91 percent of the dead are zombies.

In its second annual "TV Body Count Study," Funeralwise.com looked at the body count on 40 television series during the fall 2012 season.

In second place was Cinemax's Strike Back, with 26 dead bodies per hour, followed by NBC's Revolution, with 11.  However, all of the dead on those shows were human.

Guns were the weapon of choice on most shows, with gunshot victims making up 44 percent of all the fatalities in the study.  Knives accounted for 19 percent of the deceased.

Males represented 86 percent of the dead bodies observed in the study.  While females experienced much fewer on-screen deaths, they were most likely to be killed by means other than a gun, including beatings and strangulation.

There's no time for mourning in a half-hour show, so funerals are rare.  The study found 11 funerals, which is up slightly over the eight that were seen in the previous year's study.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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