'Walking Dead' Season 8 Finale Ratings Lowest Since Season 1

'Walking Dead' Season 8 Finale Ratings Lowest Since Season 1

'Walking Dead' Season 8 Finale Ratings Lowest Since Season 1

AMC's "The Walking Dead" closed out the season with its lowest-rated finale since the show's inaugural campaign in 2010, scaring up 7.92 million viewers and a 3.4 rating in the advertiser-coveted demographic, which works out to around 4.4 million adults 18 to 49. It's also only 2 million more than the Season 1 finale way back in 2010, though those figures were stellar at the time.

Madison may have her problems, but lack of affection for her children is not one of them (in fact, the biggest complaint about Madison through the first three seasons was how much she smothered her children). Evil Dead improved slightly to a 0.08 rating with 175k total viewers, but that show is now firmly On the Bubble. With that said, there isn't any reason to doubt that "The Walking Dead" Season 9 will follow "A New Beginning" storyline from the comics. The parent show posted a 3.4 rating with 7.9 million total viewers which were the best numbers that show has seen since its mid-season premiere. Over on FOX, The Last Man on Earth slipped to a 0.6 rating with 1.4 million total viewers while NBC's Timeless slipped to a 0.5 rating with 2.5 million total viewers. 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. Until then, you can circle October 20 on your calendar as the projected return date for The Walking Dead season 9.


We'll have more on the premiere episode soon, but for now, we want to quickly dispose of a popular fan theory that has gained some steam in the last few months: That Madison Clark is Alpha, a member of The Whisperers from Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead graphic novels.

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