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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

‘The Walking Dead’ falls to premiere low

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.

By Gary;

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)

(Hollywood Reporter)  -  Scott Wilson, the late actor who played Hershel Greene on AMC's The Walking Dead, was honored by the zombie drama in the closing moments of its latest season premiere.
At the conclusion of the season nine premiere, called "A New Beginning," a title card paid tribute to Wilson, who died Oct. 6 following a battle with cancer. Following a preview of what's ahead in the second episode, an image of Wilson in character as Hershel emerged, with the words: "In Memory of Scott Wilson."
News of Wilson's death hit social media roughly one hour after The Walking Dead panel at New York Comic Con 2018, where it was announced that the actor would be reprising his role as Hershel at an undisclosed point in season nine. Sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that Wilson had filmed his appearance prior to his death.
In the wake of his passing, several of Wilson's Walking Dead colleagues paid tribute to the late actor, including actor Khary Payton, who wrote, "The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become a part of … was a family. He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir. & I will continue. I promise. See you on the other side, my friend." Fellow Walking Dead actor Michael Cudlitz added, "Rest easy my friend." 
And actor Tom Payne, who plays Jesus on the show, said, "Goodbye Scott Wilson you absolute legend." Chandler Riggs, who played Carl through eight seasons, said that he will "never forget the things you told me and the time we spent together on set."
"Scott was one of the greats, both as an actor and a man," said Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. "We in #TheWalkingDeadFamily are truly grief stricken. He lived life to the fullest with his true love, his wife Heavenly. He is now a shining star in heaven spreading kindness and light forever."
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