AMC Renews ‘The Walking Dead’ for 3rd Season

“The Walking Dead” will live on for yet another year.

AMC network said on Tuesday that its hit zombie drama, just two weeks into a second season, will be returning for a third season.

Sunday’s episode drew an audience of 6.7 million viewers for the early airing and another 2.1 million viewers for the same-night repeat.

That eclipsed the year-ago audience for the series, which emerged as a surprise hit by averaging 5.2 million viewers weekly during that first season.

Based on the popular comic book of the same name, “The Walking Dead” depicts the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse confronted by a group of survivors outsideAtlanta. Its cast includes Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal and Sarah Wayne Callies.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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