3 December 2012 2:06 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We knew that The Walking Dead Season 3 would return in February, but now we have an official date from AMC. We also have ratings details from last night’s mid-season finale and news that Talking Dead is expanding to a one-hour format:

“New York – December 3, 2012 – AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is the first cable series in television history to reign as the biggest show of the fall season among Adult 18-49 rating, beating all broadcast and cable entertainment series including “The Voice,” “Modern Family,” “X Factor,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Last night, the 9Pm premiere of “The Walking Dead’s” mid-season finale delivered 10.5 million viewers. The series encored at 10Pm and then again at midnight, delivering an additional 3.6 million & 1.1 million viewers respectively, totaling 15.2 million viewers for the night. With Live plus 7, “The Walking Dead” adds another 3.4 million viewers a week on average. »

- Jonathan James

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