AMC's 'Walking Dead' Return Feasts on Cable Ratings and GetGlue Check-ins

The Top 10 Checked-in TV Shows of the Week, Oct. 10-16

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A scene from the second season of 'The Walking Dead.'
A scene from the second season of 'The Walking Dead.' Credit: AMC
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In the fifth edition of our new weekly chart tallying the top 10 TV shows on entertainment check-in service GetGlue, the nerds of "The Big Bang Theory" stave off a zombie attack. (Background on GetGlue here: "7 Things You Need to Know About 'Social TV' Right Now"; last week's chart here.) Some context:

  • GetGlue notes that the second-season premiere of AMC's zombie drama "The Walking Dead" was burning up its servers Sunday night, with more than 20,000 fans checking in during the first 20 minutes of the show, pushing over the 43,000 mark by the end of the night and grabbing a total 67,449 check-ins by the time the weekly reporting window for our chart (6 a.m. ET yesterday morning) closed. (GetGlue currently has 1.7 million registered users.) That puts it in our No. 2 spot, just below this season's check-in favorite, CBS's "The Big Bang Theory."
  • "A total of 7.3 million people tuned in for 'The Walking Dead' on Sunday night," The New York Times reports, "up from 5.3 million for last year's season premiere. Of those, 4.8 million were ages 18 to 49, making the episode the highest-rated drama episode ever on cable in that category."
  • With FX's new "American Horror Story" and Showtime's returning "Dexter" taking the No. 3 and No. 4 spots on our chart, it's pretty clear that there's a rather macabre subtext not only among the social-TV-savvy crowd that checks in on GetGlue, but to TV in general this season. But wait! ABC's upbeat (except when it's downbeat) "Good Morning America" takes the No. 8 spot -- the first time a show outside of prime time makes an appearance on our chart. Before you jump to conclusions (e.g., weatherman Sam Champion is obviously undead), you should know that singer Taylor Swift showed up for a heavily promoted "GMA" appearance last Monday. But I digress. Let's get back to zombies. Like, have you read this yet?: "Westlake Hardware Website Meets All Your Zombie Needs."

Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.