Saturday, May 25, 2024

Ratings: “The Walking Dead” Collapses, Loses 1.1 Million Viewers in One Week


Sunday night The Walking Dead had 4,947,000 viewers. The prior Sunday it registered 6,076,000 fans. OverĀ  1.1 million people became zombies in one week. The show is now in serious trouble.

It’s as if Negan took his club and went after the fans themselves. “The Walking Dead” numbers have been coming down from their lofty heights for some time. But this is really a dire turn of events.

It’s not like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” suddenly rose from its grave to get Rick and company. For a second week in a row, the Ks finished under 900,000 at 867K. They, too, are crumbling like zombies left in the rain.

AMC’s companion show, “Talking Dead,” also fell by more than 1.3 million to 1,694,000 from 2,914,000. If they didn’t want to see the show, the fans had fewer questions– makes sense.

It could be, of course, that everyone is watching baseball. The Red Sox-Astros game had the highest rating of the night with 5,658,000.

So what is it? Are viewers tired of zombies? Aren’t we all zombies at this point? This is the 9th season of “Walking Dead.” It may be enough already.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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