Some TV: Walking Dead, Syfy, Stern, Cancelled Chopper Series

by on December 4, 2012

in Entertainment

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Here’s a bit of TV news for The Walking Dead, a new Syfy Channel set of shows that, of course, focus on the non-exsistent world of ghosts, Howard Stern re-ups and American Chopper is doomed… again!

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Rick Grimes in The Walking DeadThe Walking Dead mid-season finale cranked out some serious TV ratings last Sunday night (12/2/12) and per the AMC press release,

“AMC’S “The Walking Dead” IS THE FIRST CABLE SERIES TO BEAT EVERY OTHER SHOW OF THE FALL BROADCAST SEASON IN ADULT 18-49 RATING “

The aired episode of The Walking Dead pulled in just over 10 million viewers and after a few encore presentations, landed around 15 million viewers.

And yes, the episode rocked like no other episode, especially since “?” reunited (sort of) with “?!” (Nah, not spoiling it here.)

And if you’re wondering, the back half (second set of eight) episodes of the show will return to premiere on Sunday, February 10th.

Until then, just keep “walkin’.”

via AMC press release:

“New York – December 3, 2012 – AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is the first cable series in television history to reign as the biggest show of the fall season among Adult 18-49 rating, beating all broadcast and cable entertainment series including “The Voice,” “Modern Family,” “X Factor,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Last night, the 9PM premiere of “The Walking Dead’s” mid-season finale delivered 10.5 million viewers. The series encored at 10PM and then again at midnight, delivering an additional 3.6 million & 1.1 million viewers respectively, totaling 15.2 million viewers for the night. With Live plus 7, “The Walking Dead” adds another 3.4 million viewers a week on average. “The Walking Dead” Season 3 to date reigns as the number one ad supported drama series in basic cable history among total viewers, adults 18-49, adults 25-54, adults 18-34, men 18-49, men 25-54 and men 18-34. AMC resumes the final eight episodes of “The Walking Dead” season three on Sunday, February 10th at 9pm EST.”

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Syfy Loves Their Ghost Shows

Syfy Channel - angled logo 200wSyfy loves their “reality” ghost shows so much, they’re launching a few new ones in 2013.

Ghost Mine debuts on Wednesday, January 16.  This show will be following a group of superstitious miners and paranormal investigators.

Stranded premieres on Wednesday, February 27 at 10 p.m..  It will “document” an unconventional paranormal psychological experiment.

Notorious Hauntings (working title) will follow a group of researchers who check out reported “extreme and dangerous supernatural activity” from around the globe.

This one is slated to premiere in Spring 2013.

-> You have to wonder, at what point will Syfy’s cow-milking of the ghostly nature run dry and the network finding itself over-saturated with kindred spirit failures?

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Howard Stern

Howard Stern has signed a new deal for $15 million, to return as a guest judge on America’s Got Talent. He’ll be sitting alongside Howie Mandell and who ever will be replacing Sharon Osborne.

I’ve tried watching this show, but there’s something about it that it just misses the mark in my household.

Not sure what, but it doesn’t have “it.”

[source: deadline]

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The Discovery Channel has cancelled American Chopper… again. It sunk, it became revitalized, the family had a dispute, viewers ate that up. Discovery took the show back from TLC, Junior and Senior made up, then the ratings tanked. And so too, does Discovery tank the Teutuls have been cancelled.

Sorry gang.

[Discovery press]

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