Sunday, April 21, 2024

Ratings: Upsetting and Shocking “Walking Dead” Zombie* Sex Scene Lifted Show by 9 Percent Over Fall Finale


Viewers of “The Walking Dead” — and they are fewer and fewer all the time — have been losing interest in the show. But on Sunday, the word must have gone out that something very upsetting and shocking was going to happen. Negan, who I guess is considered human, had sex with a zombie¬† crazy women named Alpha who wears the masks of dead people. (She’s a Zombie* wannabe.) They got as naked as you can on AMC. Urrgghhh!

The result of this unpleasant coupling was a 9 percent rise in ratings. The fall finale scored 3.21 million viewers. The new episode brought 3.5 million pairs of eyes. The number rose by double digits in the demos, too: adults 25-54 (2 million, up 15 percent) and adults 18-49 (1.6 million, up 17 percent).

Will this new supercouple (yuck yuck yuck) bring the show back its glory days? I doubt it. But freak shows never get old.

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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