The Walking Dead Hits Series Ratings Low With Latest Episode

Joann Johnston
October 19, 2018

New showrunner Angela Kang proved there's still life in The Walking Dead storywise with the first two episodes of Season 9, but there's no escaping the network numbers. But is it too late for viewers?

According to Variety, the episode received a 2.0 rating in the key demographic of adults 18-49. The previous low was 2.4 back in Season 1, which was easily the least-watched year of the series. It's also perilously close to the lowest audience numbers, 4.71 million viewers, set by the second ever episode. Last week's premiere was the lowest-rated premiere in the show's history, and the season eight finale was the lowest-rated finale. Season 9's premiere pulled in 6.08 million viewers, which is a lot less than the Season 8 finale, and miles away from the 11.44 million who tuned in for the Season 8 premiere.

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Skybound Games, which has taken up development duties on Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season video game, let fans question CEO Ian Howe and the game's creative director, Kent Mudle, in a Reddit AMA on Wednesday. That's the glass half-empty. For one thing, the show is competing with juggernauts like Sunday Night Football right now, which means some viewers will put off watching it until the next day. Still, it's a not-insignificant fall for a show that regularly used to bring in 14 million viewers.

The Walking Dead might not be going anywhere anytime soon, but neither are its ratings woes.

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