The Walking Dead hits a ratings-low with its mid-season finale for Season 10. While ratings have been on the decline for several years, the quality of the show has improved in the past two seasons with the showrunner, Angela Kang, taking over leadership.
Recently, rumors have been swirling about the show coming to an end in Season 12 and Angela Kang has also expressed her desire for the return of the original Walking Dead star, Andrew Lincoln, to the show.
Yet with the improvement and speculation on the show’s long-term future, the ratings continue to decline. Episode eight of this season, which is the mid-season finale, brought in 3.21 million total viewers on Sunday night for a 1.02 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. It is the lowest live viewing number for the series since it launched at the beginning of the decade in October of 2010. The series peaked north of 15 million viewers and has seen a huge decline.
The show will probably increase in numbers in the Live+3 numbers and AMC also has viewership now through its app/streaming service. Also, many fans point to the fact that the show is the most pirated show in the world.
This season has built off a critically acclaimed Season 9, where we saw the departure of Andrew Lincoln, a significant time jump, and the introduction of one of the comic book’s strongest storylines, the Whisperers. Led by Alpha (Samantha Morton), the Whisperers have moved into the territory of our survivors and have drawn lines, that if crossed, have grave consequences.
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