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“Walking Dead” S8 Premiere Ratings Drop
This past weekend saw AMC’s “The Walking Dead” return with its 100th episode kicking off the show’s eighth season. It was an episode that also posted the series’ lowest premiere ratings since its third year.
Live+Same Day results indicate the series averaged a 5.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.4 million total viewers on Sunday night. That’s a 40% and 33% respective drop compared to last season’s premiere.
That last season premiere was the culimnation of a famed cliffhanger and so it getting larger numbers isn’t a surprise – by how much though is a bit concerning. Here’s a history of how previous “Walking Dead” season premieres have rated:
Season 1 (2.7, 5.35 million)
Season 2 (3.8, 7.26 million)
Season 3 (5.8, 10.86 million)
Season 4 (8.2, 16.11 million)
Season 5 (8.7, 17.29 million)
Season 6 (7.4, 14.63 million)
Season 7 (8.4, 17.03 million)
Season 8 (5.0, 11.4 million)
Due to its massive fanbase, “The Walking Dead” is one of the only show that can experience such a steep decline and still remain the number one show on television in the key demo along with performing well on social media.
“Walking Dead” Ratings Keep Sinking
With the first half of the eighth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” over, the news is only bad for the zombie drama as the recent batch of episodes averaged a 3.9 and 8.7 million viewers per episode – a major drop from the 5.7 and 12.1 million viewers per episode average of the previous season’s first half.
The recent eighth season finale averaged a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers in Nielsen Live+Same Day ratings – the show’s lowest-rated midseason finale since its second season back in 2011 which drew a 3.5 and 6.6 million viewers.
Despite the drop, the midseason finale was by far the top-rated show of the night and after show “Talking Dead” came in second with a 1.4 rating and 3.4 million viewers.
Can't say I was happy with the mid-season break last week. The show has definitely jumped the shark now after the final scene of episode eight! Everything on television today is done for ratings and damn the storylines! Especially when the same thing didn't happen in the comics, well it did but to another character who apparently is jumping ship to the other show instead! Very bad decision I'm feeling...
Cohan Could Leave “Walking Dead” Over Pay?
A half-dozen offers for broadcast pilots are reportedly out to “The Walking Dead” star Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie on the hit zombie drama series.
The news will be something of a shock for fans of the series because her character is alive and well on the show and has been a part of the cast since the start of the second season. Cohan’s contract is up at the end of the current eighth season, making her available for new series.
Deadline reports that Cohan had sought near parity with her male co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus who are paid significantly more than all of their female colleagues. However, it was NOT a make-or-break requirement for Cohan as she came later to the show and has notably fewer scenes than Lincoln and Reedus.
AMC reportedly offered Cohan a modest salary increase in exchange for a long-term contract, which was rejected. The network did not follow up with a new proposition and there have been no further talks leaving Cohan contractually free and clear to entertain new offers.
Her availability has now led to a feeding frenzy from multiple networks and she has reportedly been engaging, taking pilot meetings. Cohan hasn’t indicated that she would not be coming back for a ninth season though so AMC could still lure her back.
Last year’s seventh season finale saw actress Sonequa Martin-Green depart the series and head to CBS All Access and Netflix’s “Star Trek: Discovery” which has been a smash hit in what few independent audience metrics there are to measure such things for a streaming service series.
What I can't believe is the length of the break between halves of the season! It's been three months or more and the 25th or 26th of February is just far too long this year!
Modern US television and it's annoying habit of centreing on different characters every week makes the shows last longer somehow and gets us into a tizzie because we won't to know what happened after last weeks ending and not focus on the other plots in the show!