As massive as the ratings were for CBS’ Whitney Houston tribute-filled Grammycast Sunday -- watched by an average 39.9 million viewers -- the annual awards show didn’t stop the zombies.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” returning from its long Season 2 holiday break, drew a record 8.1 million viewers at 9 p.m. and with its 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. encores, totaled 10.1 million for the night.
Some 5.4 million of those 9 p.m. viewers were the 18- to 49-year-olds advertisers target.
That’s more in both cases than last fall’s season premiere, which had already set basic-cable records for a drama.
The premiere of Kevin Smith’s “reality” show, “Comic Book Men,” meanwhile, averaged 2 million viewers at 10 p.m.