‘The Walking Dead’ Viewership Drops to Lowest Ratings Since Season 2

We reported last week that AMC’s The Walking Dead Season Eight premiere ratings hit a 5-year low. Unfortunately, this season’s second episode viewership isn’t looking any more promising. Forbes reports that Sunday’s episode pulled 8.92 million viewers. While the number is impressive by any standard for contemporary scripted television, the series hasn’t seen such a small number since its Season Two finale.

3.54 million more people tuned in for last year’s sophomore episode. In fact, the last time the viewership for a second episode dipped below 10 million was five years ago, when Season Three drew 9.55 million viewers (still higher than Sunday’s performance). Forbes’ describes the show’s performance more bluntly:

“Still, in more or less exactly a year, The Walking Dead has lost almost half its viewership (47%), going from that huge premiere to this five year low.”

Once again, while it would be unwise to suggest that these numbers will mean the immediate end of the series, the recent statistics are a reminder that no show can maintain such popular forward momentum forever. Many great shows finished their runs on television with a fraction of the number of seasons The Walking Dead has currently completed. With that in mind, the producers will likely react to these numbers in order to maintain the series’ profitability for as long as possible. You can expect more shark-jumping antics as the showrunners become more desperate in coming years. But then again, who doesn’t want to see Daryl Dixon jump his motorcycle over a zombie shark!?

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on The Walking Dead‘s ratings as they break!

 

John Evans
John Evans
John has loved movie monsters for as far back as he can remember. He's since collected up as many comics, statues, and autographed material related to movies and music that he can get his hands on. He is particularly interested in the critical and analytical discussion of the best stories the horror genre has to offer. One of his largest works on the topic is a study on the portrayals of people with disabilities in horror films.

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