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'Walking Dead' ratings slip despite Dish deal

The second episode of The Walking Dead’s third season delivered another massive performance.

Just not quite as huge as last week, which is to be expected. A total of 9.5 million viewers tuned in, down 13 percent from last week’s record-setting premiere. Adding the show’s encore performance, Walking Dead had 14 million for the night. Compared to last season, Walking Dead is averaging a 45 percent larger audience so far this fall.

The numbers come on the heels of AMC striking a deal this weekend to end its carriage stand-off with Dish Network, bringing the major satellite distributor back into the fold in time for Sunday’s telecast.

Originally posted October 22 2012 — 3:24 PM EDT

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