While The Walking Dead may not be the ratings powerhouse it once was a few years ago, there is still no denying its widespread success. It remains one of the most-popular shows on cable and it is entering a landmark ninth season this fall. Even if the series ends tomorrow, it’s still hard to deny its legacy or place in television history. Will it feel somewhat like a letdown in terms of its endgame? Sure, but that doesn’t take away from the many years of consistent dominance and outstanding social-media traffic.
For now, AMC is making things very clear that they have no issue with some of the recent ratings slide. As a matter of fact, the network’s CFO in Sean Sullivan said as much (per The Hollywood Reporter) while at a recent conference with investors in London. He noted that it maintained “its dominant position” while also saying “we have absorbed the ratings moderation of the show” … which is certainly one of the stranger things we have heard an executive say.
Transition: The ratings are lower, and AMC is okay with it — at least for now. What we worry about here is the fact that the show’s numbers dropped already in the aftermath of Chandler Riggs’ exit. However, at the same time we’re getting set to lose both Andrew Lincoln and potentially Lauren Cohan soon; beyond that, you do have to wonder about other cast members who have been with the show a long time. This much turnover may mean that viewers start to take off, as well. There’s no indicator right now that The Walking Dead season 9 will be the last and with that, let’s just hope that there is a chance to see the numbers stabilize after all of the flux coming up.
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