Too Little, Too Late Department?
“Fear the Walking Dead” closed out the first half of its season with a ratings uptick.
Sunday’s episode of the show drew a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.32 million viewers, up from 0.6 and 1.97 million the previous week. It led Sunday’s cable originals in both measures.
There has been an obvious change in Fear. The quality of this season's shows are up. New characters have been introduced. Old characters are dead.
Still the show has been bleeding viewers from the start.
Fear premiered with 10.1 million viewers beating network programs on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. But it has been all down hill from there.
Many characters are just not that interesting, while key characters who were very interesting were after a while left to flounder such as:
- Colman Domingo as Victor Strand: A smart and sophisticated conman-turned-businessman. Often ignored as the series went off in different directions.
- Rubén Blades as Daniel Salazar: A former Sombra Negra member who tortured people back in the old country and now tortures them in the Zombie Apocalypse. That very dramatic story line was left to wither on the vine.
I think moving the show to Mexico with Spanish language and English subtitles killed it for a large part of the Dead audience.
While still filming in Mexico the show was "moved" back to the U.S. That has helped.
As an ultimate fan I am sticking with both versions of the Dead until the end. But in the back of my mind I am hoping for a giant clusterfuck Zombie chomping season where everyone dies in bloody and entertaining horror.
All good things must come to an end.
TV by the numbers
|Fear the Walking Dead was far more interesting when we saw Los Angeles burn.|