Holy Moly

http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/10/15/wa...miere-ratings/

So, ratings! The Walking Dead returned to 10.9 million viewers Sunday night. That’s a series high for the show and up more than 50 percent from season two. And that’s not including the encore telecast — do that and the show rockets to 15.2 million viewers for the night.
Hollywood Reporter says
The episode now stands as the biggest telecst for any drama series in basic cable history among total viewers. In the key advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo, the 9 p.m. broadcast collected 7.3 million viewers, with 6.1 million among adults 25-54, all series bests.
And keep this in mind, this is WITH the loss of Dish Network. Even optimistically most people expected the ratings to decline due to the loss of that subscriber base.