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Sure, the 2.9 million viewers Breaking Bad averaged Sunday was a series record. But it’s might take the more than 7 million viewers who will tune into the Oct. 14 season premiere of The Walking Dead to put AMC back on Dish.

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Dish Network clearly isn’t afraid of Albuquerque drug kingpin Walter White. But wait until AMC’s zombies come back in October.

Yes, despite tons of critical praise, Netflix usage and social media buzz, Breaking Bad remains only a niche hit, incapable of producing enough leverage to bring Dish Network back to the negotiating table and end a 16-day-old impasse that has kept AMC Networks channels off its service.

Also read: AMC to stream Breaking Bad for blacked-out Dish users

Sure, the 2.9 million viewers the show about a crystal meth kingpin averaged for the initial run of its fifth-season premiere Sunday night may have set a series record. And who knows how many more tuned into the live stream AMC set up specifically for refugee Dish subscribers (an inquiry sent to AMC was not responded to).

But put that rating in perspective: That was only 300,000 viewers more than the 2.6 million averaged by Sunday’s debut of Political Animals, which now faces extinction on the top-rated USA Network.

Also read: AMC – “Dish never even talked rates with us”

So when will Dish’s nearly 14 million subscribers finally get AMC, IFC and WE TV back in their homes? Well, Sept. 18 seems like an interesting date to point to — that’s when a court dispute over an unrelated matter, Dish’s dropping of Voom HD channels four years ago, goes to trial.

AMC Networks, and its former corporate parent, Cablevision, will go into that litigation with the upper hand. And it’s widely believed that Dish dropped AMC’s channels not because of what it claims are excessive rate increase demands but to gain leverage in litigation that could cost it more than $2.5 billion.

Another key date on the calendar: Oct. 14

On that Sunday, AMC will premiere the third season of The Walking Dead, which has managed to what AMC’s other critical darlings, Mad Men and Breaking Bad, have not — break out into mainstream hit status.

Also read: For Netflix users, “catch-up” TV viewing has a catch

The season two debut of Walking Dead last October averaged a whopping 7.3 million viewers, setting basic-cable records in the adults 18-49 and 25-54 demographics. We suspect Dish will have major subscriber revolt on its hands if AMC isn’t restored by that time.

  1. Dish better add AMC in October, because zombies are back in town at that time of season.

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  2. HELL YEA!!! Zombies are cool!!!

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  3. Dish sucks so.bad they better put walking dead on or im going cannibal on them!:(

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  4. Too late, ditching Dish and installing Comcast today!

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  5. Comcast sucks

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    1. What state do u live in? Where I live (northwest GA) Comcast is awesome tv never goes out and the internet is fast an dependable I hear alot of people say comcast sucks but I’ve tried dish,at&t and direct tv and neither can compare to Comcast price wise or service

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  6. I will tell you this. If Dish Network does not bring back AMC so I can watch “The Walking Dead” I WILL be dropping Dish!!!! I KNOW I will not be the only consumer to do so. When I signed up for my TV package with DIsh AMC was a channel listed I would be getting…….. I don’t care how much it costs them. Sounds like a “Breach of contract” to me.

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    1. yeh i am going to drop dish too because amc is dropped by dish i love hell on wheels and mad men

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    2. Yes I will be dropping DISH about 10 days before The Walking Dead begins, While I have had good service from DISH I would like to know …How come my Bill didnt go down when they dropped 4 channels? that ought to be at least 20 bucks a month I bet if you call them they couldnt give the same answer twice but I bet you could get some free movies if your nice…..AND BY THE WAY ZOMBIES RULE

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    3. I will ne dropping dish as if Saturday if i can’t watch the walking dead on Sunday

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  7. There ya go, the man depriving us of our need for zombies.

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  8. I want we back I like that channel what is the problem take stations away but don’t give use more and price doesn’t change please.bring back we

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  9. Why do we get three studs channel’s put W.E back and sundance and a m c backb

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  10. @azcorey, that’s how I feel about it. It was a part of my contract with them. I’ll be changing if they don’t.

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