October 25, 2011 12:28pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
TV Ratings: 'Walking Dead' Beats 'Good Wife,' 'Desperate Housewives' in Key Demo
The Walking Dead remained a dominant force in its second week despite shedding 600,000 viewers week-over-week.
Sunday's episode, the second of the zombie drama's sophomore season, remained strong for AMC, delivering 6.7 million total viewers, down from last week's 7.3 million.
The newly renewed series based on the comics by Robert Kirkman was down from its record-breaking numbers for both the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 demographics, its 4.5 rating in the former still managed to top network fare Desperate Housewives (3.0) and The Good Wife (2.0) in the demo.
Week 2 registered a 4.3 household rating (down 0.5) and a 4.0 in the 25-54 demo. A repeat airing at 10 p.m. collected an additional 2.1 million viewers, bringing its total to 8.8 million viewers.
AMC renewed the Andrew Lincoln starrer for a third season Tuesday.