Deadline has a report on the latest Walking Dead ratings and things are not looking good for the series. Following a weekend where the cast of the AMC series shambled into New York Comic Con, around 6.1 million viewers tuned into the Season 9 debut “A New Beginning” which aired on October 7. The rating indicates an enormous drop of 47% from over 11 million that watched the Season 8 opener last October.
The rating decline could be skewed though as AMC offers an online service called AMC Premiere which allowed users to view the season premiere episode a day early. Whether or not those numbers could make a dent in the huge rating deficit remain unknown as the AMC Premiere numbers are not available.
Both Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and Lauren Cohan(Maggie) are set to leave the show after this season which could lead to a further decline for the show which was once a ratings juggernaut. All eyes are clearly on new showrunner Angela Kang as it seems she may be inheriting a sinking ship. While she still has Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) on the hook, there is still hope.
Keep it locked to Horror News Network for more news on The Walking Dead.