Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: The Governor Stands By His Tank on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 8: “Too Far Gone”

What would AMC do without zombies?

Thanks to The Walking Dead’s Seasons 3 and 4, and the final season of Breaking Bad, 2013 was a standout year for AMC's ratings.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, AMC was up in both of the targeted demographics— 30 percent with adults 18-49 (687,000 viewers) and 21 percent in adults 25-54 (687,000). The Walking Dead even managed to tackle the usual cable champ, ESPN's BCS Championship Game. "The January showdown between Notre Dame and Alabama, a blowout for the latter, lost the top 18-49 spot with four episodes of The Walking Dead outperforming it."

A&E also saw a boost, thanks to Duck Dynasty. In fact, as Adweek so colorfully put it in its cable ratings headline, "All You People Did This Year Was Watch The Walking Dead and Duck Dynasty.” Ha! Is that all you did?

They noted, "Of the top 50 telecasts for the year to date, The Walking Dead accounted for 16 — including nine of the top 10 — while Duck Dynasty boasted 22 entries. Everything else on the list was football (NFL and college), the series finale of Breaking Bad, or the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards." (Maybe someone will make a show about twerking zombie football players who cook meth while sporting long beards and camouflage.)

AMC won’t be able to rely on Breaking Bad in 2014, and Mad Men is also ending soon, but at least in 2015 the new Walking Dead spinoff should arrive to help boost ratings even more.

The Walking Dead Season 4 returns on Sunday, February 9 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek


Credit: Celebified Photo: The Walking Dead Recruits Southland Actor Michael Cudlitz To Play Sgt. Abraham Ford In Season 4