Last night's season premiere of The Walking Dead was the highest rated show of the fall, on any channel. Also in showbiz news: Lindsay Lohan is interviewed again for some reason, Aaron Paul gets a big lead role, and Christoph Waltz will lead Russia.
The satisfying season premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead did well in the ratings last night. Well, actually, it did insanely, ridiculously, broadcast network-busting well. With a monster 10.9 million viewers it far succeeded the premieres of many Big Four shows this year, including the expensive Last Resort and the much-hyped 666 Park Avenue. And in the ol' Nielsen ratings it grabbed a crazy 5.8 in the key 18-49 demo, giving it the season's highest rating for a non-sports show this fall. A cable show did that! Sure it's a big hyped show about zombies, not Rubicon, but still. That marks quite a development in TV viewing patterns. Especially when you consider Dish customers don't even have AMC. So how long until cable networks have to up their ratings expectations to match the broadcast guys? It used to be "Oh, we're cable, we can't beat the networks," but now that they can and, like, really can — they've done it before, but not to this extent — what will change? Maybe nothing, maybe this is just a rare spike, but it does feel like something's different when you look at those numbers. Watch your back, CBS. Cable is coming for you. And it's already got Charlie Sheen. [Entertainment Weekly]
Oh good. Exactly what we need. Finally, we're going to turn on some lights and some cameras and point them at Lindsay Lohan and ask her questions about her personal life. The actress has agreed to sit down with former journalist Barbara Walters for special interview on 20/20, which used to be a news show. I think this is good. Clearly we haven't heard enough about Lindsay Lohan's life. We need more of it, especially in the condescending faux-concern tones of Barbara Walters. "I promised myself I wouldn't cry!" Lindsay says falsely. "Oh you'll cry, goddamnit. You'll cry," Barbara hisses in return. Isn't that great? Isn't that cheery? That this is happening? And just in time for Thanksgiving. The special interview will air on November 16, to coincide with Lohan's Liz & Dick movie that's playing on Lifetime: Television for People Who Take Barbara Walters Seriously. (And yes, I realize she's covered here on this site, by me, in the mornings, but that's hopefully more commentary on the commentary than actually digging for details about her life. Or I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth. Who knows.) [Deadline]