'The Walking Dead' Season 9 Premiere Lowest-Rated in Show's History

Walking Dead season 9 premiere loses nearly half its audience

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 9 Premiere Is the Lowest Rated in Series History

It's also a 50 percent drop even just from the premiere for previous year.

Starbreeze and Skybound Entertainment has announced that co-op shooter Overkill's The Walking Dead has begun its closed beta on PC, allowing pre-order customers the opportunity to check out the team-based shooter ahead of its release next month. Among adults 18-49, the show was down 51 percent. In comparison, the Season 8 premiere brought in 11.44 million viewers. While the current rating doesn't account for late or recorded viewings, it's unlikely that the episode will even come close to prior premieres. Ratings for Sunday's episode tumbled 47% in total viewers and 50% in the 18-49 demo compared with last year's premiere, returning the show to viewership levels last seen in 2011. Do the math and that's an all time season opener low., down 7% from the Season 1 debut. Moreover, the season 9 opener's 2.5 rating places the series dangerously close to its all-time key demo low of 2.4, which occurred during season 1, back when it was still an experimental 6-episode fall 2010 season offering.

While still the second highest-rated show on TV behind NBC's This Is Us in the key demo, that's a lot of premiere numbers and perhaps a long-ish way of saying The Walking Dead's blockbuster days seem to be behind it, reset or not. Fortunately there's good news for both players and those who made the game, because Robert Kirkman's Skybound will complete the last season of the game, and they're hoping to work with the former staff of Telltale to do it. (AMC did not say how many people signed up, however.) But Walking Dead will continue to tower over all other series on cable. Among them are the repetitive storylines, Negan's continued presence, and the lackluster zombie action.

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