AMC Networks CEO Thinks ‘The Walking Dead’ Can Continue for Decades

by Nick Banks

A lot of fans haven’t been happy with the direction that The Walking Dead has taken in its eight season, but don’t tell AMC CEO Josh Sapan.

The CEO was bullish about the continued health of The Walking Dead during a conference call with Wall Street analysts today, stating that the series and franchise are “in great shape and the people who are managing that great shape are motivated.”

Sapan went so far as to suggest that The Walking Dead may run for decades to come, saying that “We’ve studied the best. Some have been around 30, 40, 50 years. We have a chance for a lot of life in the franchise.”

While there are a number of factors for AMC Networks (which also includes IFC, Sundance, BBC America, and others) increase in revenue, it will be interesting to see if they can continue to grow with a much weaker flagship series.  As reported by HNN’s John Evans this week, The Walking Dead is suffering through the largest ratings decline in the history of the program, which may effect the 4th quarter earnings of the company. 

Can The Walking Dead survive another ten years?  Only time will tell, but if viewers continue to drop of at the current season’s rate, fans may be lucky to get a few seasons more at best.


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