(CBS News) "The Walking Dead" season finale saw a record 9 million viewers tune in to AMC to watch the zombie drama - the highest rated episode in the series' history, according to reports.
According to the network, "The Walking Dead" is the No. 1 drama series in basic cable history with men 19-48.
The numbers were a jump from the show's midseason premiere last month, which drew 8.1 million viewers.
"Congratulations to everyone associated with AMC's 'The Walking Dead' and thank you to the fans for creating, literally, record-setting television," Charlie Collier, president of AMC, said in a statement.
The second season ended with a zombie showdown at Hershel's farm. The episode featured many twists and introduced the fan favorite comic book character Michonne, who saved Andrea in the woods. The finale also revealed the possible setting for the show's third season.