'The Walking Dead' Season 9 Premiere Lowest-Rated in Show's History

Joann Johnston
October 10, 2018

In fact, now available on Comcast, YouTubeTV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Apple iOS, AMC Premiere had its best day ever with The Walking Dead's new season opener.

The Walking Dead, which entered its ninth season this week, had the smallest number of live viewers of any season of the show.

Compared to the Season 8 "Wrath" finale of April 15, "A New Beginning" fell 23 % in total viewers and 27% among 18-49s. The Season 9 premiere did, however, bring in more total viewers than the series premiere-6.1 million versus the 5.3 million that tuned in to see the beginning of the AMC series. Among adults 18-49, the show was down 51 percent. While the current rating doesn't account for late or recorded viewings, it's unlikely that the episode will even come close to prior premieres.

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While still the second highest-rated show on TV behind NBC's This Is Us in the key demo, that's a lot of premiere numbers and perhaps a long-ish way of saying The Walking Dead's blockbuster days seem to be behind it, reset or not.

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"We can't lose Andrew Lincoln and Clementine in the same year", he said, in reference to both the departing star of AMC's hit show and the game's main character. Plus, AMC made the premiere available 24 hours ahead of its time slot premiere on its AMC Premiere streaming service, and Deadline reports that the streaming service had its biggest ever day in sign-ups on October 6, the day prior to the premiere. AMC also notes it had a record day of sign-ups for its AMC Premiere service, which lets subscribers watch the premiere a day early and without ads.

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