Circling The Drain?
- The ninth season premiere of “The Walking Dead” may have led the Sunday cable ratings this past weekend, but it also saw the show hit a new low.
- The AMC series premiered with a 2.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demo with 6.08 million viewers, easily beating all of its cable competition in both measures. However, it was the show’s lowest-rated season premiere ever, down 50% from its season 8 premiere last year.
It's been a Hell of an 8 year ride.
It is hard to believe how many years of my life have been devoted to The Walking Dead.
I had never liked zombie films before, but when the Dead first appeared in 2010 I, like so many others, was totally blown away by the plots, sub-plots, acting and special effects.
We all became glued to AMC every Sunday night for years on end.
With the death of The Governor the series began to lose focus until the appearance of Negan. Still even with Negan the series ignored main characters and spent entire shows on minor characters who are little more than Walker Bait. I suspect it was done to lower salary costs.
The series hit a peak in 2015 15.8 million viewers tuning into the season 5 finale. Compare that to the season 9 premiere with 6 million viewers.
Other shows would sell their mothers to get 6 million viewers so the series still has punch. The first episode shows promise for the season. We will see.
All good things must come to an end. Rick and Maggie will vanish this season. Will Daryl be able to hold the show together by himself? I can't see it. The sub-par cast from Fear The Walking Dead will find their way to Alexandria. The real question is: Does anyone care?
I have invested so much of my life in the Dead. I know I will hang in there until the last cast member is either victorious over the Zombie Apocalypse or is eaten.
On to season 9.
|TV by the numbers|
Even in decline we see 3 of the top 5 cable shows are The Walking Dead.
Scott Wilson (1942 - 2018)