‘Walking Dead’ Season 8 Midseason Premiere Is Show’s Lowest-Rated Ever, Remains Far And Above Number One

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“The Walking Dead” Season 8 midseason premiere continued to suffer the ratings woes that have plagued the rest of the season.  According to Nielsen Live+Same Day data, Sunday’s premiere drew a 3.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.3 million viewers. That is up slightly from the midseason finale ratings (3.4, 7.9 million) in December, but was still the lowest-rated “Walking Dead” midseason premiere to date.twd_809_gp_0821_0017-rt

The drop off comes despite the fact that a major character exited the show during the episode after revealing a walker bite in the midseason finale.

Nevertheless, “The Walking Dead” remained far and above the number one show on TV for the day and easily the top-rated show on cable Sunday. Its closest cable competition was its own after show, “Talking Dead,” which drew a 1.5 rating and 3.6 million viewers. In addition, “The Walking Dead” remains the number one show on television among adults 18-49 for the sixth season in a row.

 

Previously, the Season 8 midseason finale was the hit show’s lowest ever since Season 2. The Season 8 premiere was also the show’s lowest-rated since its third season, despite the fact that the Season 8 opener was also the show’s 100th episode.  Follow “The Walking Dead AfterWord” on Facebook for all breaking news.  Preview next week’s shocker.

 

 

“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays on AMC.

 

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