While the franchise is still drawing incredible viewership numbers by any comparison other than its previous performance, AMC’s The Walking Dead set several dubious milestones with Season Eight’s ratings. First, the season premiere in October, 2017 earned the lowest premiere ratings for the show since Season Three. By November, the show’s regular episodes started netting the lowest ratings numbers since Season Two, and the mid-season premiere in February, 2018 drew the lowest mid-season premiere ratings in the history of the franchise. Now, the season finale ratings numbers are in, and they continue this season’s trend of falling back to earlier, smaller milestones.
AMC released some interesting news ahead of today’s presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour. The Walking Dead has been renewed for Season Nine. That’s not so interesting because, dispute declining viewership, the show is still the highest rated scripted program on television. The interesting part is that the series will be produced under a new showrunner!
Longtime showrunner Scott Gimple has been promoted to the position of “Chief Creative Officer.” This means he will be in charge of the entire Dead franchise, including Fear the Walking Dead, video game crossovers, and what The Hollywood Reporter refers to as “future brand extensions.” The new showrunner of The Walking Dead will be Angela Kang, who began working on the series in 2011. Kang has recently served as a writer on 21 episodes and producer on 54 episodes of the show. read more