11 February 2013 12:28 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

AMC’s The Walking Dead is alive and kicking, resuming Season 3 on Sunday night with an all-time high audience of 12.3 million total viewers.

The series’ previous record was the audience of 10.9 million who tuned in for the Season 3 premiere back in October.

Folding in encores, the midseason opener amassed 16.6 million viewers for the night.

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Sunday’s Walking Dead episode also stands as the highest-rated telecast ever for a basic cable series, drawing 7.7 million adults age 18-49 (up 6 percent over the drama’s previous best and surging 44 percent from Season 2′s midseason »

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