Monday, April 15, 2024

Talking Really Dead: “Walking Dead” Drops to Its Lowest Rating Ever, 13 Million Viewers Are Gone Since Its High


There was a time when 17 million people tuned in on a Sunday night to see “The Walking Dead.” That time is over.

Now in its 10th season on AMC< the show itself is a zombie, left to walk dead with a fraction of its fans. Who knows why they're still watching it? On Sunday, just 3.5 million watched the show. That was down slightly from the prior week, but off by over a half million people from the first week of this season, which was 4 million. The key demo has dropped each week as well, whittling away from 1.44 to 1.19. Sunday night football has made a big recovery, so that's drawn off viewers. But also, the show should be over. Andrew Lincoln and many other actors are gone. The zombies won, frankly. Now we'll just watch as the numbers drain down over this season to nothing. Listen: fewer people are now watching "Walking Dead" than watch a daytime soap opera or game show.

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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