AMC's new zombie apocalypse series, "The Walking Dead" earned the highest ratings (3.6 million) for any cable show this year. It probably helped that the eerie and grotesque premiere aired on Halloween night, but the critics' reviews were overwhelmingly positive and I thought the pilot was amazing. If you're a fan of the zombie genre you won't be disappointed. Also, "The Walking Dead" maintains AMC's high-quality storytelling and visual aesthetics, so "Breaking Bad" and Mad Men" fans should also be pleased.