The Walking Dead Hits Series Ratings Low With Latest Episode

Lewis Collier
October 17, 2018

The drop in viewership isn't easy to predict, but the underwhelming past few seasons have undoubtedly contributed - with Andrew Lincoln's upcoming exit sure to turn off many too.

Following back-to-back solid episodes, The Walking Dead has found itself in a nice groove to begin season nine. That, coupled with only 4.9 million viewers in the Live+Same Day numbers, is not what AMC was expecting in the lead-up to Rick Grimes' forthcoming departure.

It's a concerning pattern considering last week's season nine premiere was the lowest-rated opening in the show's history, despite having the thrust of positive word behind it. That translated to 2.0 rating in the key 18-49 demo, besting the previous low of 2.4 from the fourth episode of the first season. This is also down from last week's episode (which had a 2.5 and 6.7 million viewers). It's the second worst ever to 4.7 million, also in the first season.

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The Walking Dead might not be going anywhere anytime soon, but neither are its ratings woes. That's the glass half-empty. Still, it's a not-insignificant fall for a show that regularly used to bring in 14 million viewers.

Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

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