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"The Walking Dead" Season 9 Premiere Becomes Lowest-Rated In Series History

What's more, given The Walking Dead is going into its ninth season, the show is battling not only industry trends but the laws of TV gravity: Shows of a certain age are nearly always destined to suffer serious ratings erosion they grow older. AMC's hit series was looking decidedly less monstrous in its season nine debut, scoring a 2.5 rating in the 18 - 49 demographic and 6.1 million total viewers.

Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Check out our review of the Season 9 premiere of The Walking Dead, which we called "Great" saying, "Thankfully, for now, the story seems to have taken a few steps back from the outright conspiracy and rebellion that was being cooked up at the end of Season 8; opting instead for a more subtle and believable build in hostilities". Those numbers are down 50% and 45% from last year's season premiere numbers of a 5.0 demo rating and 11.44 million viewers. But this wasn't just bad news in terms of season premieres-Season 9's first episode is almost tied with the series' lowest rating for any episode in the key demo, with a Season 1 episode's 2.4 rating standing as the lowest rated episode thus far.




Per The Hollywood Reporter, the episode pulled in 6.08 million viewers, which marks the smallest audience the show has had since partway through Season 2. For one thing, it's possible Walking Dead will make up some of these declines once delayed viewing and streaming get tallied, though in the case of some broadcast network series this fall, DVR numbers haven't put a dent in the year-to-year declines.

We may find out exactly how many fans that was later this week if AMC provide some of that AMC Premiere data with Live + 3 numbers.


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