The third season of AMC's The Walking Dead is off to a damn good start -- after a solid first episode, the series delivered the goods with the stellar outing "Sick," which provided zombies, human threats, and character development in a balanced, well-paced mix. It was, very probably, the show's best episode yet. And while the ratings didn't necessarily reflect that, they were still pretty darn good high.
"Sick" scored 9.55 million viewers, the second-highest performance of an episode of the zombie survival series yet. It was a drop of about 1.3 million viewers from the season premiere, "Seed," which nabbed 10.87 million. Still, despite the drop, these ratings are incredibly strong.
To put it in context, the highest-rated show of the week, CBS's heavy-hitting Person of Interest, only nabbed 14 million.
It is interesting to note, though, that these ratings included the recently reinstated DISH customers, who regained access to AMC shortly before the episode aired. It's unknown how the recently reinstated viewers affected the figures -- a clearer view of their impact will be available in the viewership figures for the next episode, "Walk with Me."
"Walk with Me," by the way, airs Sunday, October 28 at 9/8c on AMC. It will see the introduction of new character the Governor (David Morrissey), and the long-awaited return of Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker). You can bet it will be exciting.