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AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ sparks zombie craze

The television show "The Walking Dead" has sparked a zombie craze. So what makes the life of the undead so intriguing?
(CNN/WSYR-TV) -- The television show "The Walking Dead" has sparked a zombie craze. So what makes the life of the undead so intriguing?

By all accounts, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is a smash hit. In just three seasons, a show about a police officer who wakes up from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies it taking over television.

It’s average audience has doubled in just three years to more than 10 million pairs of eyeballs this season.

And it’s helped the AMC network rise to the top of the cable heap. Their advertising revenue jumped 16 percent to $157 million in the last quarter of 2012.

“I think that the show's ratings have increased exponentially in this past season both because the show itself has gotten better -- it's gotten leaner and meaner and more efficient in the way it presents its adventure, but I also think that it's offering something that neither the networks nor pay cable television is offering, which is just this spectacle of killin' zombies,” said media critic Ken Tucker.

You already know sex sells, turns out the undead do, too. Series star Andrew Lincoln, who plays Sheriff Rick Grimes, told CNN he’s surprised by the show’s success.

“This kind of reaction is sort of ridiculous. I mean we're still pinching ourselves. And, I don't know. I mean, of course, you know, the apocalypse and that sort of theme is -- seems to be around and in the air at the moment,” Lincoln said.

And some say it’s precisely the show’s fear factor that is drawing the viewers in droves.

“I think this show works as a metaphor for the kinds of threats and insecurities and enemies we feel in life, whether it's the economy or the threat of terrorism, or the threat of home invasion. It exercises a lot of fears that people have. It's a way of kind of working through the anxieties you have and I think that's one thing that good pop culture does -- it enables us to work through things that trouble us and makes us feel better about ourselves,” Tucker continued.

This Sunday, the show’s third season ends, but fear not, Season four begins in October.

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