'The Walking Dead' staggers to record ratings

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Just down the road from a tiny country church in rural Georgia, the apocalypse has already arrived. A band of scrappy survivors are fighting the undead, camping in the woods in hopes of outrunning the hordes of zombies roaming their world. (AP Photo / AMC, Gene Page)

AMC brought out its "Walking Dead" fans Sunday, as the Season 2 finale of the post-zombie apocalypse drama drew a series-high 9 million viewers at 9 p.m. and a total of 10.5 million when the 11:30 p.m. rebroadcast was added.

That's more than 50 percent bigger than the audience for the first season's finale. More important to advertisers, perhaps: More than a third of the viewers were 18- to 34-year-olds.

In fact, among men 18-34, adults and men 18-49 and adults and men 25-54, "The Walking Dead" is  the No. 1 series in basic cable history, according to AMC, which released the ratings Monday afternoon.

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