A cable show made history during the 2012-2013 TV season by becoming the top-rated scripted series in the key demo of viewers 18-49 for the entire season — topping its competition on broadcast as well as cable. TheWrap.com reports that AMC’s "The Walking Dead" pulled off the accomplishment, becoming the first cable show in history to do so.
The zombie show ranked not only as the No. 1 scripted show for the 2012-13 season, but as the second-highest-rated show overall, after NBC’s "Sunday Night Football."
The win is a stamp of approval not only for cable, but for scripted programming, given that Fox’s "American Idol" was TV’s top-rated series for almost a decade, the story notes. It was only in the 2011-2012 season that football surpassed “Idol.”
CBS’s comedy "The Big Bang Theory" was the second-highest-rated scripted show.
"The Walking Dead" averaged a 7.5 rating in the 18-49 demo, with "The Big Bang Theory" drawing a 7.2. The top scripted show in total viewers, however, was CBS’s "NCIS," which averaged 22.7 million viewers.