Zombies in "The Walking Dead" on AMC. (AMC/TWD PRODUCTIONS/AMC)

Nearly 11 million people watched the mid-season finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” at 9 p.m. Sunday night – about 60 percent more people than had tuned in to same, last year.

 AMC’s zombie-drama -- the most watched ad-supported drama series in basic cable history – is also, as of its midseason break, TV’s second most watched program of the fall among 18-49 year olds advertisers prefer, behind only NBC’s Sunday football.

The claim is based on stats that include viewing of episodes up to seven days after their initial telecast for all but the final two weeks of “Dead’s” season to date. 

 The numbers are kinda close – “Dead” is 131,000 18-49-year-old viewers ahead of CBS’s “Big Bang Theory” and 143,000 vahead of ABC’s “Modern Family.” So its ranking could change when so-called Live + 7 ratings through last week are issued, in a couple of weeks.

 Later Sunday night, “The Talking Dead” – “The Walking Dead’s” after-show, clocked 2.2 million viewers; when that franchise returns for the rest of the season, it’s being pumped up to a full hour each week.