The ratings decline for The Walking Dead season 9 (and the series as a whole) is continuing. After all, Sunday’s episode generated the smallest audience that we’ve seen for the show to date.
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So how low are we talking about here? It’s all relative, really. This episode generated a 1.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and then also just over 4.5 million viewers. If we were talking about pretty much any other show on cable, it would be easy to call this a phenomenal performance. Yet, we’re talking about one of the biggest cable franchises of all time. When you think about that and that alone, you expect some big numbers from AMC.
Is the network in some ways preparing itself for a different, lower-rated era for the series? In some ways, you could actually argue so. In losing Chandler Riggs, Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, and eventually Gurira the show would be out four series regulars; in doing this, they do save some money (even if they are also paying Lincoln for the separate Walking Dead movie that is coming up in the future). Of course, the trade-off is that they may lose a little bit of ratings momentum at the same time with some of these people gone from the show. We know some people do watch for specific characters and while we still have Carol and Daryl still holding on, it’s been rather difficult to get into some of the new characters over the years since they are typically just killed off.
Ultimately, there is no sign of The Walking Dead as a franchise ending at some point in the near future. AMC already renewed the show for a season 10 and in between this, Fear the Walking Dead, and the movies that are being planned, there is no reason to think that the franchise is going to slow down. More than likely, The Walking Dead is more interested in keeping this show running for as long as they possibly can just because there are so many stories left to tell; plus, eventually, you would think the show would whittle its audience down to just the diehard fans and they would keep watching through thick and thin.
There are six more episodes still to come on The Walking Dead season 9, and we’re hoping that we will get a chance to see some sort of ratings improvement moving forward.
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