Monday, April 22, 2024

Sunday Cable Ratings: Kardashians Are the Walking Dead, Both Shows Hit All Time Lows As Viewers Exit En Masse


You could say the Kardashians are the Walking Dead, ratings-wise.

On Sunday night, both “The Walking Dead” and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” hit ratings all time lows.

The biggest surprise is that “Walking Dead” fell to just 3 million viewers (3.086 mil), down 300,000 fans from last week. The once proud AMC series is skidding to an ignominious end. AMC should wrap it up now. But they won’t.

The K’s were down to just 764,000 fans, losing between 150K and 200K viewers in one week. (Last week was 916K.) Not even Kanye’s hit album has helped them.

Both shows air at 9pm which leaves the question, what are people watching on cable at that hour? From 8 to 10pm they’re watching Hallmark Channel’s latest Christmas movie. But otherwise, they are not watching cable really. They’re tuning in to football on the networks or taking in Netflix et al.

It’s entirely possible, based on the trend for both shows, that each will hit really low lows next Sunday. When “Walking Dead” falls below 3 million, and the K’s go under 700K, I propose a merger of the two programs! The K’s already have a number of zombies on their show. It won’t be hard to write a cross over.

I do give credit to AMC PR: they keep pumping out “spoiler” stories each week, hoping someone will care what Negan does with his club of nails. I stopped watching the night he savagely killed characters off for fun. Evidently, I wasn’t alone.


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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