Even without Dish, the season three premiere of The Walking Dead was no zombie when it came to the ratings, scoring a series high 5.8 adults 18-49 rating. Last week AMC was back for Dish Network subscribers, but perhaps not in time for all of them to know it. Even though Dish was back, the second episode was down 12% to a 5.1 adults 18-49 rating. But considering how common it is for shows to drop 15%-20% from their season premieres, the 12% still seems pretty good.
But last season the drop off between the season premiere and the second episode was down only five percent (a 3.6 A18-49 rating, compared to a 3.8 for the premiere), though the absolute ratings are much bigger this season. Last year the "big" drop was for the third episode of the season which fell to a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 18% from the season premiere and 14% from the previous week's episode.
What happens tonight?