The Walking Dead more popular than Mad Men

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AMC's stylish horror series The Walking Dead premiered this weekend and immediately grabbed the network their highest numbers for a series ever, with 5.3 million viewers, outranking both Mad Men and Breaking Bad. If you distill this information down to "zombie action show more popular than slow-paced period drama," it may not be that surprising, but given the critical adulation of Mad Men (and to a lesser extent, Breaking Bad), it's an eye-opener. Leaving aside popularity, is the show any good? Consensus suggests yes.