After shattering cable ratings records with its second-season premiere, AMC’s zombie drama The Walking Dead has been quickly rewarded with a third-season pickup. “Today we are pleased to announce that the ‘dead’ shall live as we proudly renew The Walking Dead for a third season on AMC and, globally, with our terrific partners at Fox International Channels,” AMC president Charlie Collier said. After launching its second season with 7.3 million total viewers and 4.8 million in the adults 18-49 demographic — the most ever for a basic cable premiere — The Walking Dead slipped only a bit in Week 2 to 6.7 million total viewers. The series is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman. Glen Mazzara serves as the showrunner. Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Frank Darabont, who exited as showrunner midway through production on Season 2, are executive producers. Greg Nicotero is a co-executive producer. Fox International Channels rolled out its global launch for The Walking Dead this weekend, breaking pay-TV ratings records worldwide and drawing more than 10 million viewers in 122 countries for the season premiere.