so are vampires. These zombie statistic might bode well for Summits upcoming comedy about zombies.
Shares of AMC Networks (AMCX) have risen 40% in 2012. The owner of television channels AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, and WETV has "The Walking Dead" to thank for that. Sunday's Season 3 midseason finale of the hit zombie show saw record numbers and sets up a strong 2013 for the media company.
"The Walking Dead" became the first cable series to ever beat all other fall television series in the highly coveted 18-49 age demographic. In its third season on AMC, "The Walking Dead" beat "The Voice", "Modern Family", "X Factor", and "The Big Bang Theory". All of those shows air on network television, giving them a greater possible television audience.
The midseason finale saw over 10.5 million people tune-in. The finale aired again at 10 pm and 12 pm, giving the episode a total of 15.2 million viewers on Sunday. "Talking Dead", which is a discussion of the show that airs directly after, had 2.2 million viewers. The finale's 10.5 million viewers marks an increase of 58% from Season 2's midseason finale.