For weeks we’ve been curious whether or not The Walking Dead season 8 ratings would cause the show to lose its crown as the top-rated show on TV. Now, it’s fair to say that it has officially happened.
With the numbers in from Sunday night’s new episode of the AMC drama series factored in, The Walking Dead is generating (as a whole) a 4.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and almost 9.4 million viewers. If this was virtually any other show under the sun we’d sit here and proclaim this to be outstanding. Yet, this is a show that was once routinely getting ratings over a 6.0 in the demo and was shattering cable records left and right.
The Walking Dead does remain a very good show, but let’s reiterate something we’ve said many times over now: This show would have benefited from an end date. With it continuing to go on for however long AMC wants it to is becoming almost a soap opera with zombies — there’s nothing bad with that if it’s fine with becoming more of an under-the-radar show. Even with the ratings being what they are now this is a series that is just not getting as much attention as we feel like it was in the past.
Now, let’s compare this to the current performance of Game of Thrones over at HBO. The seventh season of that show drew a 4.8 rating coupled with well over 10 million viewers an episode. The fantasy epic is now officially the hottest show on TV in the demo and we don’t foresee it losing that title at any point between now and the series finale. Given the long layoff between seasons as well as the fact that the final six episodes are ahead, it would not be a shock if Game of Thrones were to somehow draw more than 12 million viewers a week for its final season if not more. We almost anticipate the series finale to be one of the most-watched episodes in cable history since it’s the sort of thing that nobody wants to miss watching live. Can you imagine having something like this spoiled for you and how much frustration / anger that would cause? We would be nerd raging for weeks.
Did you only think it was a matter of time before The Walking Dead season 8 ratings fell off, and what do you think now that it has finally happened? Share some of your thoughts now in the comments!
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