The future appears bleak for The Walking Dead television series and the grimness has less to do with the zombie apocalypse threatening to devour the last remaining living souls on the planet.
The ongoing eighth season premiered episode ten this weekend and the reception was anything but stellar. According to a new report from Variety earlier today, “The Lost and the Plunderers” managed to generate a 2.9 rating in the adult demographic (18-49 years old) and an average of 6.8 million viewers.
These are the lowest ratings for the television series since the first season premiered episode five back in 2010. “Wildfire” managed to draw a 2.8 rating and an average of 5.56 million viewers in the same demographic. It needs to be also pointed out that the last time the television series garnered less than 7 million viewers was when the second season premiered episode twelve in 2012. “Better Angeles” managed an average of 6.9 million viewers.
Despite the constant decline in ratings over the past couple of seasons, AMC (American Movie Classics) is till backing The Walking Dead with the utmost confidence. In fact, producer David Alpert believes that the television series has not lost any of its shine. The low ratings are simply surfacing because the audience are not keen on watching on the same night anymore.
This is not the end for the television series either. The Walking Dead will receive another season once the current one signs off in the coming weeks. In addition, there are several spinoffs in the works for the future.
“Dead or Alive or” will be the next episode incoming for The Walking Dead on March 11. That will be followed by the finale “The Key” on March 18.