- - Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Television viewers can’t get enough of those zombies.

The Nielsen ratings company said Monday that 9 million people watched the second-season finale of “Walking Dead” on AMC Sunday night. That’s the largest audience ever for an episode of the series.

According to the Associated Press, it also was the most-watched original drama episode ever on basic cable among some key demographics, including viewers younger than 49 and among young men, although it fell short of being the most-watched drama ever on basic cable.

The show’s season average of 6.9 million viewers was up 32 percent from the first season.

Chris Rock, Bette Midler to induct Hall of Fame acts

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony likely will be a little more irreverent this year: Chris Rock is set to be one of the A-list presenters for the April event.

The comedian is due to induct the Red Hot Chili Peppers into the hall at the ceremony at the hall in Cleveland on April 14, according to the Associated Press. The ceremony will be broadcast on May 5 on HBO. Mr. Rock is a big fan and has been a friend of the band for a while.

Mr. Rock will join Bette Midler, who will induct the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro; John Mellencamp, who’ll induct former tour mate Donovan; Chuck D, who will induct the Beastie Boys; and Stevie Van Zandt, who will induct the Small Faces/the Faces, which included Rod Stewart.

Ansari’s new special to debut on website

Aziz Ansari is bringing his new stand-up special straight to his fans. The “Parks and Recreation” star is bypassing cable networks to release his latest comedy special on his website.

The comedian said his “Dangerously Delicious” stand-up special would be available online worldwide for $5 beginning Tuesday. Fans can download or stream the 60-minute show without commercials or restrictions.

Mr. Ansari said he was inspired by the popularity of his comedy clips on YouTube and by the success of fellow comic Louis C.K., who sold his “Live at the Beacon Theater” online in December and brought in more than $1 million.

Mr. Ansari has promoted his appearances to his 1.7 million followers on Twitter and planned to use the site to spread the word about his new special.

OWN network announces layoffs, restructuring

Oprah Winfrey’s struggling television network, OWN, said Monday it is laying off one-fifth of its workers and restructuring its operations in New York and Los Angeles.

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