(NEW YORK) — AMC’s mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead scored the show’s largest audience ever on Sunday night.
The zombie drama, which resumed its third season, delivered 12.3 million viewers for its 9:00 p.m. ET premiere.
The previous record was 10.9 million viewers for the season-three premiere last October.
Including encore presentations of the show later in the night, the episode drew a total of 16.6 million viewers.
A companion program called The Talking Dead, hosted by Chris Hardwick, scored 4.1 million viewers at 10 p.m. The show features fans, actors and producers discussing the finer points of the main show.
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