What is the deadliest show on TV?


Would you believe that a show dealing with survivors of a zombie outbreak battling against other groups of survivors would be the deadliest show on television?

If so, you are very wise. has released its second annual TV Body Count Study, which looks at the death toll of 40 top television series during the fall 2012 season. And the deadliest program was AMC's The Walking Dead, with an average of 38 dead bodies per episode - 91 percent of which are zombies. 

Taking the silver medal is Cinemax's Strike Back, which has averages 26 dead bodies per hour.

And the bronze goes to NBC's Revolution, which landed a miniscule 11 per episode. It is worth noting, however, that Strike Back and Revolution's deceased were human and not zombie. Way to pad the stats, Walking Dead!

Additionally, the study found that guns were the murder weapon of choice, with gunshot victims accounting for 44 percent of televised fatalities. Knives were second with 19 percent.

Bad news for my fellow male readers - we account for 86 percent of the deaths seen on TV. Sexism, I say!

Women are also more likely to be killed by weapons besides guns, the study found.

As a whole, death on TV continues to increase. This year's series that were surveyed included an increase of 12 percent in the number of deaths televised per episode over last year, with the average being very close to five per show.

Two bloody shows - HBO's Game of Thrones and Starz' Spartacus - were not part of the survey, as they did not air in the fall.


- The Walking Dead
- Strike Back
- Revolution (2012)
- amc

Written by: Hamatosan
Feb 12th, 2013, 12:18 pm

Images courtesy of AMC

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