By DAVID ZAGANDA, AP News WriterFor the third time in three years, the popular AMC series The Walking Dead has sold out its first three episodes.
It now has 5.8 million total viewers and 6.1 million in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.
But the series has had a rocky start in the ratings department.
Its ratings have slipped to a 1.5 from a 1 in the first season and now sit at a 2.5.
That’s a far cry from its early days when the show was drawing record-breaking ratings for AMC.
And the series is having a tough time gaining traction among advertisers, even with its highly anticipated third season.
But CBS is confident that the success of the third season and the strong response from the viewers will help the network gain more audience, according to the network.
“We are confident that The Walking.
Season 3 will generate additional viewers for the show and, more importantly, increase its average household rating,” CBS said in a statement.CBS’ new president of original programming, John Landgraf, said in an interview on Monday that the ratings for the series are the highest in network history and they are the strongest ever for a broadcast series.CBS has been looking to revive the franchise since the series was cancelled after a third season last fall.
The Walking dead was one of the best-reviewed television shows in history when it was renewed for a fourth season in 2016.
It has averaged 2.4 million viewers in the demo since its premiere in May.
It also scored a 5.2 rating among adults 18-34, up from a 4.3 rating in 2016 and a 1 million viewers among adults 25-54, the network said.
The series also scored the highest 18-to-49 rating of any broadcast series since its debut in 2014.