According to The New Tork Times, AMC's "The Walking Dead" drew 16.1 million viewers last night, the largest audience for any show this season. Until last night's episode, every top-rated program so far this season had been an NFL game. Most startling to me was the fact that "The Walking Dead" attracted almost 6 million more viewers than the series finale of "Breaking Bad." That's right: A zombie show blew out a show that many critics consider one of the best ever.
I watched the first three episodes of "The Walking Dead," and I didn't really understand the big draw. Apparently, I'm in a small minority of TV watchers there.
And the success of "The Walking Dead" is not the only recent triumph for the supernatural in this country. Edward, Bella, & Friends have been captivating impressionable teenage minds for years, bare vampire breasts have been flashed for six seasons and counting on HBO's "True Blood," and "Game of Thrones" features hideous characters called "White Walkers." Even Brad Pitt got in on the action with World War Z.
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