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AMC's 'The Walking Dead' earns ratings win, reunions in dire need

Melissa McBride as Carol in 'The Walking Dead.'
Melissa McBride as Carol in 'The Walking Dead.'

Cable TV ratings for Sunday night were released on Tuesday and revealed that AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was the most-watched program of the night. The zombie apocalypse show pulled in more viewers than traditional networks’ programming.

The Walking Dead” attracted 12.9 million viewers, while CBS’ “60 Minutes” (11.26 million) and ABC’s “Resurrection” (11.25 million) rounded out the top three for the night.

In the coveted 18-to-49 demographic, “The Walking Dead” finished with a 6.4 rating, while “Resurrection” finished second with a 3.1 and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” finished third with a 2.4.

“Talking Dead,” the wrap up show that immediately follows “The Walking Dead,” took second for the night’s cable ratings with 5.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating in the 18-to-49 category.

Personal Take (contains spoilers)

If you said you saw Lizzie’s and Mika’s deaths coming, move to the head of the class.

If you’re like the rest of us, Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead” was on par with Rick’s offing of Shane in Season 2 on the surprise scale.

“The Walking Dead” continues to show why it’s the best drama on TV. Complex characters, compelling storytelling, and moral dilemmas that spark conversation well after the episode ends are a few of the qualities that make this show work.

Melissa McBride (Carol) and Chad Coleman (Tyreese) turned in convincing performances during this week’s episode and reminded 12.9 million viewers why the show is worth an hour of their Sunday-night viewing schedule.

Sunday’s episode, titled “The Grove,” provided a short list of answers to questions posed earlier in this season, such as who fed the zombies mice through the prison’s fence (Lizzie) and who killed the rabbit in the prison’s catacombs (Lizzie).

We also saw Carol open up about her daughter, Sophia, which had this viewer wondering what took so long to reach that point.

In another anticipated moment, Carol finally let Tyreese know that she was the one who killed his girlfriend, Karen. Not surprisingly – at least to this viewer – the surly Tyreese forgave her, but will not be able to forget.

Bottom Line

In spite of its phenomenal episodes this season, “The Walking Dead” is lacking in one glaring area: the need to reunite at least some of its main characters.

So far, there are at least six fragmented groups of characters that were at the prison wandering the Georgian countryside. Six wandering groups with only one reunion – Rick, Carl, and Michonne.

What we need before the season ends in two weeks is for several, if not all, of these groups to find each other. Viewers will eventually tire of being led along from week to week with the hope of reunion, only to be dealt another reunion-less episode.

We know Terminus is coming and that it will likely be another Woodbury, but here’s hoping the main characters will come together to face this next big obstacle in finding some semblance of normalcy in the zombie apocalypse.

“The Walking Dead” airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on AMC in Provo.

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