/// The Walking Dead Devours Scripted TV Foes
The Season 3.5 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead on Sunday night tore the viscera out of its scripted-series competition, averaging an all-time record draw of 12.3 million viewers and a 6.6 in the dollar demo. Per Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings data, “The Suicide King” scared up 7.7 million adults 18-49, an improvement of 6 percent versus the Oct. 14, 2012, season premiere and marking a 13 percent lift versus the previous eight-episode average (6.8 million). Sunday night’s mid-season premiere eclipsed the show’s previous record, set during the official Season 3 opener. On Oct. 14, Andrew Lincoln and company drew a then unheard-of 10.9 million viewers .