How The Walking Dead Gives Life to AMC's Unpopular Shows

October 14, 2014 4:01 PM

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The Walking Dead is a truly zombie show. Nearly every viewer becomes infected with the gruesome drama and, in turn, passes the infection to others. It helps that AMC Networks (AMCX) has sent Walking Dead episodes to plod slowly through binge-watching territories like Netflix.

Consider Sunday’s season premiere, the start of the fifth season of Walking Dead. Nielsen says 17.3 million households tuned into the episode, more than 1 million more than the show’s previous peak for the debut installment of the past season. What’s more, about 11 million of the viewers Sunday were...

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