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THE WALKING DEAD - Episode Information and Ratings (Numbers are from Nielsen Media Research)

Live+SD Total Viewers = Live Viewers + Same Day DVR playback (Live + Same Day)

A18-49 = Live + SD Numbers

Season 1

Timeslot: Sunday at 10pm

Episode 1.1: "Days Gone Bye"

Air Date: October 31, 2010

Teleplay By: Frank Darabont

Directed By: Frank Darabont

Live+SD Total Viewers: 5.35 million

A18-49: 2.7/7

Episode 1.2: "Guts"

Air Date: November 7, 2010

Written By: Frank Darabont

Directed By: Michelle MacLaren

Live+SD Total Viewers: 4.71 million

A18-49: 2.5/7

Episode 1.3: "Tell It to the Frogs"

Air Date: November 14, 2010

Teleplay By: Charles H. Eglee & Jack LoGiudice & Frank Darabont

Story By: Charles H. Eglee & Jack LoGiudice

Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

Live+SD Total Viewers: 5.07 million

A18-49: 2.5/7

Episode 1.4: "Vatos"

Air Date: November 21, 2010

Written By: Robert Kirkman

Directed By: Johan Renck

Live+SD Total Viewers: 4.75 million

A18-49: 2.4/6

Episode 1.5: "Wildfire"

Air Date: November 28, 2010

Written By: Glenn Mazzara

Directed By: Ernest Dickerson

Live+SD Total Viewers: 5.56 million

A18-49: 2.8/7

Episode 1.6: "TS-19"

Air Date: December 5, 2010

Written By: Adam Fierro & Frank Darabont

Directed By: Guy Ferland

Live+SD Total Viewers: 5.97 million

A18-49: 3.0/8

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The reviews did not let me down with this show, I was expecting an amazing show, and I got one. Definitely will be tuning in not only for the next episode, but the entire season it seems. Kudos to the cast and crew.

AMC is becoming quite the force to be reckoned with dramas.

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It was slow at times, but overall, I really liked it. It had a lot of suspense and made me want to see what happens next. I like the lead who is a British actor who I have always liked. There are only 6 episodes. I hope the remaining 5 aren't 2 hours each. Too bad Lenny James (the black survivor) and his character's son won't be back. I would have liked to have seen what happens to them.

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I agree. I think if there is a second season Lenny James needs to find the main group of survivors. I've liked since Jericho.

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I really liked it--the premier was very close to the early issues of the comic book (down to even replicating some of the more familiar frames), and I liked how slow some of it was (that's an odd comment I know)--and how much of the storytelling was done visually. And of course I'm a huge Andrew Lincoln fan.

A few quibbles--I thought the brief bit we saw of his wife and her dialogue made me wonder if there were any female writers on staff (not that I don't think men can write good female dialogue, but...). Hopefully it was just the brief scene. The friend I watched with found the zombie gore a bit much (it's funny, tons of horror fans were really worried that the gore wouldn't be intense enough due to it being on AMC and not HBO, but I don't think that was a prob). I found that surprising because it didn't bother me, and my friend usually ahs a WAY higher threshold for gore than I do (hbe likes a number of "torture porn" Saw style horror films I cannot stomach)--so i guess mileage will vary.

Ratings apparently were really good by AMC standards--I read 5.3. This will taper out, of course, but...

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It was slow at times, but overall, I really liked it. It had a lot of suspense and made me want to see what happens next. I like the lead who is a British actor who I have always liked. There are only 6 episodes. I hope the remaining 5 aren't 2 hours each other. Too bad Lenny James (the black survivor) and his character's son won't be back. I would have liked to have seen what happens to them.

They won't be back? Boo. I haven't read the early issues of the comic in a LONG time but I was sure they returned...

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Haven't seen the episode yet but it got huge ratings!

http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/big-debut-for-walking-dead-on-amc/

Following AMC’s most expansive promotional campaign, the cable network's new drama The Walking Dead launched with more that 5.3 total million viewers last night, the largest audience for an original series on AMC. In adults 18-49, Walking Dead garnered 3.6 million viewers to become the highest-rated cable series premiere in 2010. In addition to the original 10 PM airing, AMC reran the Walking Dead pilot at 11:30 PM and 1 AM for a cumulative audience of 8.1 million viewers.

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Really enjoyed the premier episode! The last few minutes were intense - when the main character was under the tank and it seemed like there was no way out.

Eric, the only part I thought that was too gory was when zombies were eating the horse and we saw all the guts coming out. LOL

I hope Lennie James returns too. If not this season, then the next.

I'm glad there's finally a TV show about zombies - I've always liked zombie movies.

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this show is awsome...tonights episode was kinda slow but then they returned to the city...yikes...where did that guy go? where did all those zombies go? we will find out soon..... when is season 2? i hope not next october!!!

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I am the last person to like anything involving zombies, but damn if this show isn't fantastic. Yeah I got verklempt at the Rick/Laurie/Carl reunion

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I am the last person to like anything involving zombies, but damn if this show isn't fantastic. Yeah I got verklempt at the Rick/Laurie/Carl reunion

Same here, that was a really good scene. I can't believe I'm watching a show about zombies and liking it. Sure, I like Sci-fi, but zombies have never been my thing. Still, this is a pretty good show compared to almost anything on the networks. I'm thrilled it's been renewed for 13 episodes, since this first season only has 6.

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The Rick/Carl/Laurie reunion was wonderful. I got goosebumps when Carl yelled, "daddy. Shane is a real !@#$%^&*].

I can't believe that black guy when back to save the racist drug addict. He will be literally dead man walking. Has he never watched movies? The lone black survivor usually ends up dead unless they are played by a real life rapper.

I'm still enjoying this show a lot. I hope that getting a full 13 episode season doesn't ruin it.

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The show keeps getting better and better! I didn't expect the family reunion to happen so soon. Episode 1.2 reminded me a bit of "Dawn of the Dead" (which I have to see again!) because of the rooftop scenes. The last scene of 1.3 was really good - nice slow pan to reveal the decapitated hand and the bloody handcuff.

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