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Since its conception, The Walking Dead has been redefining the zombie genre. To some, it created the zombie genre. In the days, months, and years after the fall of civilization, a small, savvy, desperate and disparate group of nobodies struggles to keep themselves, along with their hope, alive in the American south. Their leader, police chief Rick Grimes, is a stoic and determined man, who's seen the best and the worst in people. He'll stop at nothing to secure the safety of his family and friends. As the troop begins to adapt to a world inhabited by the walking dead, they soon realize that the true challenge of survival lies in the evil that lurks in the power-hungry hearts of their fellow man.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on AMC
8 Seasons, 109 Episodes
October 31, 2010
Drama, Horror & Suspense
8.5/10
Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride
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The Walking Dead Full Episode Guide

  • Every story and battle from the first half of the season comes crashing together in this action-packed, emotional mid-season finale.

  • Negan has to enlist the help of his lieutenants in solving a huge issue facing the Sanctuary; Rick and the group continue to enact the plan.

  • With things looking up for Rick and the group, an argument breaks out at the Hilltop; the consequences of the decision are life versus death.

  • A close look at Negan and the lives of the Saviors during the conflict through a familiar set of eyes.

  • A new weapon in the Savior arsenal proves to be a giant hurdle as fighting continues between Rick's forces and those of the Saviors.

  • Conflict with the Saviors leads to unintended consequences for the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and Alexandria; morality proves tricky in wartime.

  • The plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers and Hilltoppers unfolds; as Rick continues to fight, he encounters a familiar face.

  • Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, have banded together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors.

  • In the season closer, the stakes keep building higher and higher as various tales from the season clash while the group executes an intricate plan.

  • A group of Alexandrians sets out on a quest to a distant community and one member is faced with a heartbreaking decision.

  • The Saviors visit the Hilltop unexpectedly, surprising everyone, with plans of taking more than supplies.

  • The crew scavenges for supplies; back in Alexandria, someone has to make a morally complicated decision.

  • An Alexandrian realizes they have to navigate the mysterious, confusing and horrifying sphere within the Saviors' compound.

  • While looking for a missing Alexandrian, Rick and his team confront a mysterious collective, its dwellers unlike any they have come across.

  • Rick and the team are led to a new community where they meet its inhabitants and leader. A familiar face shows up.

  • Negan's unwelcome journey to Alexandria carries on as other members rummage for supplies; things quickly spiral out of control.

  • A closer view of the Sanctuary and the world of the Saviors; members of Alexandria search for supplies.

  • Someone stumbles upon a new society different from anything known before.

  • Saddled with grief and surrounded by foes, members of the crew attempt to find safety at the Hilltop before it's too late.

  • The remaining members of the gang try to keep it together in Alexandria; they get a sobering visit.

  • A new crew of survivors seem to have everything in their impressive community; but, there is a price.

  • For many familiar faces, a new, well-established neighborhood appears too good to be true.

  • The seventh season opens with Rick and the group kneeling powerless before Negan and his crew. Negan's actions will terrorize those who survive.

The Walking Dead News

'Walking Dead' Ratings Hold Steady for Mid-Season Finale

On the bright side, ratings for this week's mid-season finale of The Walking Dead were just about the same as they were last week. On the darker side, those ratings represent a giant decline from the series' peak popularity and are holding steadyat levels last seen in the second season.

Eric Kain at Forbes has an idea of what's causing the decline, and his recommendation for fixing the problem is drastic. Be warned: there are major spoilers for the latest episode below.

Via Forbes.

Last night, The Walking Dead gave us one of the worst midseason finales the show has ever aired. It was terrible in almost every conceivable way.

The story, which sees a Savior counter-attack against Rick's people, was riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies, capping off  the first half to a truly terrible eighth season.

And to make matters worse, we learn at the end that they've killed off Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) one of the most important characters in both the show and the comics. It's bizarre. Everything about the show these days is bizarre. It's certainly not the show we used to watch and love.

If You Love Something...

I'm told quite often by angry fans that I should just stop watching if I don't like it. That's a peculiar response for two reasons.

First, I do this as part of my job. I'm a professional critic who writes reviews of TV shows, movies and video games. Sometimes I love the things I review and sometimes I don't. I'd be a pretty lousy critic if I only wrote uncritically about stuff I liked!

The second reason I find this kind of thinking bizarre is that ratings matter. If enough people take this advice, The Walking Dead's ratings will fall. They've been falling already. Now it seems the show's most diehard fans would like people to stop watching the show so that they can fall even further! This makes no sense to me.

I, on the other hand, want the show's ratings to improve. As a critic, one of my goals is to point out the flaws in something like The Walking Dead in the hopes that its creators will listen and adapt. Criticism is far more useful and beneficial than blind fandom. Sure, the critics aren't always right (and I'm not always right, either) but certainly listening to both positive and negative voices is part of a big creative endeavor like making a major TV show. Critical voices can help showrunners, producers and writers improve. In some ways, we're like the canary in the coal mine: We can help creative people avoid disaster.

And disaster is coming to The Walking Dead. Ratings continue to slide. The show's Rotten Tomatoes score is slipping precariously closer to Rotten. Reading through the show's Reddit discussions illustrates just how many fans are angry.

It All Comes Down To Gimple

Time and again I try to understand just what it is about this show that's making it go downhill so rapidly. Partly it's just where the show has gone and its bizarre change of tone. You can attribute that to the cartoonish villain, Negan, and to the rest of the cartoonish, unbelievable characters like King Ezekiel, the Trash People and Eugene. None of these characters talk like real people and it's grating and annoying.

Partly, too, is the substandard production values lately. Bad choreography, inconsistent plot details, shoddy lighting and sound, and utterly atrocious editing all combine with sloppy dialogue and...well, you get the point. Across every corner of The Walking Dead, there are problems both great and small.

So what's the one thing tying all this together? What's at the center of this mess? Better yet, who?

The answer is simple: Scott Gimple.

Get the rest of the story at Forbes.

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'Walking Dead' Springs Major Twist in Mid-Season Finale

We expected that something big would happen as The Walking Dead cruised toward its mid-season hiatus, but we suspected the twist would be the departure of Morgan, who is set to take up residence in the prequel series, Fear the Walking Dead. TWD's big mid-season twist this week, though, involved a totally different character, and it's perhaps the biggest surprise that the series has delivered to date.

If you don't want big spoilers, stop reading right now.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from episode 808, "How It's Gotta Be," of AMC's The Walking Dead as well as the comic book series on which the show is based.]

AMC's The Walking Dead just delivered the biggest shocker in its 100-episode-plus history when, during Sunday's season eight midseason finale, the zombie drama set the stage for the unimaginable death one of one of its most untouchable characters.

Revealing that he had been bitten on the ribs a few episodes prior, Carl Grimes — Rick's teenage son, who has been played by Chandler Riggs since the show's pilot — is on death's door. "Yes, Carl is going to die," Riggs tells The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive interview. "There's no way he can get back from that. His story is definitely coming to an end."

To put the events of the episode in context, Riggs — who was cast at age 11 and is now 18 and taking a gap year before starting college — and Andrew Lincoln (Rick) are the only original series regulars who have been with The Walking Dead since the pilot. Carl was widely seen as the future of the post-apocalyptic world as Rick, a former sheriff, has been grooming him to take over as the leader of the survivors. The version of Carl in creator Robert Kirkman's comic series continues to be a force to be reckoned with and the future of the new world as the source material is roughly 75 issues beyond where the AMC adaptation sits. Outside of killing off leading man Lincoln, this is the biggest departure from the source material ever.

But before viewers scream for Carl, it's worth noting that Riggs still has one episode left — episode 809, the 2018 midseason premiere (airing Feb. 25) when Rick, Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the rest of the core Alexandrians will watch as the young man dies before them in what can only be described as their biggest loss to date. (Sorry, Steven Yeun, we knew Glenn's death was coming since issue 100 of the comics.)

Below, Riggs talks exclusively with The Hollywood Reporter about getting the dreaded death call from showrunner Scott M. Gimple, how Carl's heroic death will be used to service the story and if Rick could be next.

Get the rest of the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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'Walking Dead' Ratings Are in the Basement Again

If you were hoping that last week's small gain in the ratings for The Walking Dead was a sign that the series' disastrous eighth season was turning around, you were in for a disappointment this week. The seventh episode of the season was, by far, the lowest-rated episode of the season so far, and it took the series back to the season-two-level ratings it's been posting all season.

As an illustration of how far and how fast the series has fallen, consider that the audience for this week's episode was smaller than that of last season's premiere by nearly 10 million viewers, a drop of 56 percent. Next week is the series' mid-season finale, which typically sees a big ratings jump from previous episodes, but it may be already too late to salvage the season.

Via Comicbook.com.

After finally seeing a gain following a six-year low, The Walking Dead's ratings have hit a new low for Season 8.

Sunday's Episode 8x07, the penultimate episode of 2017, had 7.47 million people watching live, earning a 3.3 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. It's the lowest number since November of 2011 and March of 2012 but, unsurprisingly, remains atop the chart for Sunday night programming.

In second place was Talking Dead, which hauled in over 2.7 million viewers and a 1.2 rating as a packed couch of guests joined Chris Hardwick to recap the episode.

"We listen to what they have to say, and we're in touch with them in lots of ways," The Walking Dead's Jadis actress Pollyanna McIntosh said of the ratings on ComicBook.com's After the Dead. "I think season seven knocked a lot of people sideways with the gore, you know? And we took that into account, but it also set up... the truth of it, this is a show from a comic book, you know? And people will be dying in hideous ways. I mean, that's part of the personality of the comic book. And as long as we keep the great character development and the great threads of morality and the human condition within there, I think we have some room to have a bit of fun with that blood and gore."

Get the rest of the story at Comicbook.com.

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'Walking Dead' Watch: Is Negan Going to Kill Someone Else?

The last time The Walking Dead generated much excitement, it was at the end of season 6, when we all wondered who Neegan was going to kill at the beginning of season 7. Now that season 8 is almost half finished, and excitement has been in short supply, the series is trying to evoke that kind of anticipation once again. A new teaser seems to indicate that Neegan and the Saviors might be about to exact another heavy toll on Rick's group.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

[Warning: this story contains spoilers through season eight, episode seven of AMC's The Walking Dead, "Time For After," as well as preview material from the upcoming midseason finale.]

It wasn't long ago that Walking Dead fans spent an entire summer wondering which one of the show's many main characters was about to meet their demise at the business end of a barbed-wired baseball bat named Lucille.

Sure, they could have read up on what happens in the comics, which would have provided an answer of sorts, but not the whole picture — not the full impact of losing both Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) in what would be best described as "one fell swoop," if that phrase didn't clean up the messy effort involved in caving both of their brains in.

Given the nightmarish memories involved with both of those characters' cruel fates at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), it's forgivable if fans forgot how Glenn and Abraham reached their horrible fates. The double homicide only occurred after a painstaking season six finale, in which Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his allies attempted to bring an ailing Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) to the Hilltop, in order to visit the good Doctor Harlan Carson (R. Keith Harris) about problems with her pregnancy. Along the way, Rick's RV was stopped at multiple points by blockades on the way, created by the menacing Simon (Steven Ogg) and the rest of the Saviors. Turn after turn, road after road, it was the same story: barricades and Saviors at every turn, a grim end to the last day on earth for two of the most fan-favorite characters on the show.

Well, to borrow a phrase from another nightmarish show that had a resurgence of its own this past year: "It is happening again." Watch the sneak peek of the upcoming Walking Dead midseason finale below to see for yourself.

Get the rest of the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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'Walking Dead' Gets Ratings Bump for Latest Episode

The Walking Dead was in the news last week after the announcement that Lennie James' character Morgan would lead a crossover between TWD and Fear the Walking Dead. That buzz may have been reponsible for a slight bump in TWD's ratings this week, which turned around after a weeks'-long slide. Ratings for this week's episode were up about 5 percent from the previous week, but the episode's total viewership was still only about 8.9 million, a level the series hasn't seen since 2011.

Via Deadline.

Ever since executive producer Robert Kirkman announced at New York Comic Con last month that there would finally be a crossover between The Walking Dead and spinoff Fear The Walking Dead, fans of the zombie apocalypse franchise have been figuratively dying to get specifics.

Well, the big reveal of who would the bridge between the two AMC series was unveiled live on Talking Dead on Sunday and the result was a double digit ratings bloom for the Chris Hardwick series.

With TWD cast members Melissa McBride and Avi Nash on the TD couch along with super fan Kevin Smith, it was made clear Lennie James’ Morgan will being the character making the shift from the mother show to the companion series’ fourth season.

An original TWD cast member, James will stay on the mother show for more of its eighth season but has already started filming on FearTWD in Austin, TX this week.

Coming off a TWD that itself was up 5% in total viewers and 4% in the key demo over last week, the November 26 TD scored an audience of 3.2 million. In the key demo, the sixth episode of the seventh season of the TWD aftershow delivered a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 with 1.7 million watching in that metric.

Or to put it another way: Talking Dead was up 23% in viewership and 21% among the 18-49s from its November 19 show. That is the third best TD has done this season so far, with the two-hour TWD cast past and present filled opener of October 22 holding the top spot in both total audience and demo.

Read the rest of the story at Deadline.

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Morgan to Leave 'Walking Dead'

One of the most-liked characters from The Walking Dead will be leaving that series and moving to the spinoff series, Fear the Walking Dead. Morgan, who is played by Lennie James, will exit the parent series in an as-yet-unknown way and reappear on the prequel series next season. The move comes as both TWD and FTWD are struggling with their ratings; TWD is currently drawing ratings on a par with its second season in 2011, and FTWD saw steadily declining ratings through its most recent season. The crossover gamibt, which is no doubt intended to shore up audiences of both series, is risky, given that Morgan is one of the most popular characters on TWD, and the audience for FTWD is far smaller than that of the parent series.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

AMC's The Walking Dead is set to see one series regular jump to spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead.

Fan favorite Lennie James is officially moving from the flagship to the prequel, in which he will continue to play Morgan Jones. The announcement was made Sunday when James was a surprise guest on Talking Dead.

"Morgan's arc in The Walking Dead season eight positioned him for the story on Fear the Walking Dead," Walking Dead showrunner Scott M. Gimple said via a statement read by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick. "It was also important to see Fear's world and characters through new, yet familiar eyes."

For his part, James said he begins filming Fear on Monday, with his scenes to be streamed live via the show's social media accounts.

The actor, who was the first person Rick (Andrew Lincoln) encountered after waking up from his coma in the show's pilot, wrapped production on the Atlanta-set Walking Dead days ago and appeared on Talking Dead via satellite from Austin, Texas, where the show is moving its production.

"From the very first moment the whole suggestion of Morgan going over to Fear the Walking dead, the hardest part of that, from beginning to now, has been leaving The Walking Dead," James said. "Leaving that cast, leaving that crew. I've said my goodbyes to the cast and I've said my goodbyes to the crew... That show stands or falls on the back of that crew. And I'm going to miss them very much."

James move to Fear the Walking Dead also confirms news that THR previously reported — that the prequel series is moving its filming location to Texas — a shift that was set up in the finale's narrative as a new villain (Ray McKinnon) set sail for "what's left of Houston" with Alicia (co-star Alycia Debnam-Carey).

Get the rest of the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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Is 'Walking Dead' Over?

The Walking Dead can still claim to be the "highest rated" scripted series on TV, but only counting its audience of younger viewers, the most coveted demographic group for advertisers. If you count total viewership, however, TWD is no longer in the stratosphere in terms of ratings. Even more concerning, the series is in the middle of a prolonged ratings slide, and even its young viewership is eroding.

The series' ratings slide began in season six, picked up speed through season seven, and has become dramatic so far in season eight. This season's premiere episode was the lowest-rated since season three in 2012 and each episode of the current season except one has posted further ratings drops. This week's episode was the lowest rated, both in total viewership and among young viewers, since the middle of season two in 2011.

Via Variety.

“The Walking Dead” saw another drop off in the Nielsen ratings for this Sunday’s episode.

Episode 5 of Season 8 drew a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers. That is a drop off approximately 10 percent in both measures from Episode 4.The last time “The Walking Dead” drew a 3.4 rating was Episode 4 of Season 2. The most comparable episode in terms of total viewers is also in Season 2, in which Episode 8 drew 8.1 million viewers. The drop comes despite the fact that this week’s episode was one of the better-reviewed of the season thus far, currently holding an 83 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Go behind the camera for one of this season’s most explosive fights. #TWD

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This is the latest instance this season of the number one show on television drawing Season 2 numbers.

The Season 8 premiere–also the show’s 100th episode–pulled in the show’s lowest numbers for a season premiere since Season 3.

Episode 2 saw a drop off of approximately 20 percent in both measures from the premiere, falling to a 4.0 and 8.9 million viewers. Episode 3 then dropped to a 3.8 and 8.5 million, with Episode 4 improving slightly to a 3.9 and 8.7 million.

Read the rest of the story at Variety.

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Rick Makes a Threat in New 'Walking Dead' Trailer

The folks at the Sanctuary are learning what it's like when you cross Rick Grimes, and now it looks like the Garbage People might find out the same thing. In a new preview for next week's episode, Rick delivers an ultimatum to the Trash Queen, and he means business.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

A wise man once said, "The negotiations were short." This man was clearly not speaking about the ongoing conversation between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) of Alexandria and Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) of the Garbage People.

Rick faces off again with a phantom menace of sorts in the next episode of AMC's The Walking Dead, called "The King, the Widow and Rick," as seen in the trailer for the coming outing. At the end of this past week's episode, Rick was walking off on his own toward enemy territory with nothing more than an assault rifle as company, while Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) drove off for parts unknown.

An exclusive, crew-level look at Negan busting out of the trailer. #TWD

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Now we know Rick's destination: the Heaps, where Jadis presides as queen. In the trailer for the episode, Rick tries one last time to negotiate with the infuriating Trash Queen, now that tensions between Alexandria and the Sanctuary have boiled over into All-Out War.

"Your choice is the same thing I wanted before: a deal, or we destroy you," Rick tells Jadis at the start of the trailer — and by the end of it, he makes it clear how that war will pan out: "My people will win."

Of course, there's a whole lot more than Rick and Jadis' impending negotiation to look forward to in the next week of Walking Dead. Given the episode's title, fans should expect to see the King and the Widow in action as well — Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), for those of you having trouble keeping nicknames straight. For his part, Ezekiel is absent from the trailer, while Maggie is seen debating the fate of the imprisoned Saviors with Jesus (Tom Payne), seemingly the lone voice of mercy on his side of the fight.

Get the rest of the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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'Walking Dead' Ratings Tick Upward This Week

After two consecutive weeks of ratings declines and the least-watched season premiere in years, The Walking Dead posted a ratings gain this week, suggesting that the series' audience might have stabilized. Before you get too excited, though, understand that the gain consisted of only 170,000 viewers over last week's audience. If anything, it looks like season 8 may be settling into its ratings comfort zone. That's the good news. The bad news is that that comfort zone is the lowest of any season since the second.

Via TV By the Numbers.

After two weeks of declines following its season premiere, “The Walking Dead” improved a little in the ratings Sunday night.

The cast and crew take to the road in last week’s episode. #TWD

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An audience with the king. #TWD

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The show delivered a 3.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.69 million viewers, up from 3.8 and 8.52 million the previous week.

“Shameless” dipped a little bit in its second week back on Showtime, scoring a 0.5 and 1.37 million viewers vs. 0.7 and 1.86 million for its season premiere. That’s in line with its average from a year ago.

“Outlander” was steady in adults 18-49 (0.3) but down a bit in viewers (1.49 million vs. 1.62 million). “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” matched the 1.0 for its premiere the previous week and was up a bit in total audience (2.56 million vs. 2.43 million). Hallmark’s movie “Enchanted Christmas” earned a 0.7 and 3.62 million viewers.

See the rest of the numbers at TV By the Numbers.

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'Walking Dead' Has Another Bad Week

Ratings for this week's episode of The Walking Dead fell by about 5 percent from last week's episode, which in itself saw a drop of more than 20 percent from the previous week's season premiere. The decline is just the latest step in a downward trend that actually began with the series' sixth season in 2015.

The fall-off is getting steeper, though. Through the first three episodes of season 8, the series' average ratings are down by about 15 percent from last season, and they're off a shocking 33 percent from the series' peak in season 5. TWD is still one of the most-watched series on TV, but if the trend continues, it won't be able to make that boast for much longer.

Via TV By the Numbers.

Season 8 of “Shameless” started well for Showtime on Sunday.

Morgan knows the true price of war. #TWD

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The channel’s top-rated series returned with a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.86 million viewers. That’s the best premiere for the show since its third season in January 2013 and up a good amount over last year’s debut (0.5, 1.24 million).

Following “Shameless,” new series “SMILF” premiered at 0.3 and 768,000 viewers. It landed outside the top 25, but Showtime says it’s the channel’s best series debut since “Billions” in early 2016.

“The Walking Dead” (3.8) led Sunday’s rankings but declined a bit from the prior week’s 4.0. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” returned to Bravo with a 1.0 and also gave a boost to the shows that followed it, “Xscape: Still Kickin’ It” (0.7) and “Married to Medicine” (0.6).

Get all the numbers at TV By the Numbers.

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'Walking Dead' Ratings Continue to Plummet

The ratings for last week's season premiere of The Walking Dead were not good by the series' first-episode-of-the-season standards, but the numbers weren't bad overall. This week, however, the season's second episode put up numbers that have to be worrisome for the show's producers and its network.

The episode's 8.9 million total viewers were the smallest audience for the series since March of 2012. That was the middle of season two, before the series became a breakout hit and, eventually, the biggest show on TV. Back then it was just another moderately talked-about cable series, and that may be what TWD is once again. Now its only bragging rights lie in the fact that it's still the biggest scripted cable series on Sunday night.

Via TV By The Numbers.

“The Walking Dead” put up ratings on Sunday that were the show’s lowest since the late stages of its second season more than five years ago.

Some #Halloween inspiration (if your costume is “bat-wielding psychopath”). #TWD

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The show was still Sunday’s biggest draw on cable by a long shot, but its 4.0 rating among adults 18-49 was the lowest for the show since March 11, 2012 — the next-to-last episode of Season 2. “TWD’s” 8.92 million viewers were the least since the Season 2 finale.

Other cable series took a hit Sunday as well, perhaps in part due to a highly rated World Series game on FOX. “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (0.4) was off a tenth of a point in adults 18-49 dipped under a million viewers. “Outlander” (0.3, 1.52 million viewers) was also down (vs. 0.4 and 1.7 million) after several weeks of viewer growth.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (0.3) fell out of the top 25, and the finale of “The Deuce” (0.2, 771,000) was off a bit from previous weeks.

Get the rest of the story at TV By The Numbers.

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Bad News for 'Walking Dead' in Premiere Ratings

It's clear now that the days when The Walking Dead was the biggest thing on TV are over. Ratings for the series' season 8 premiere this week were in line with last season's average viewership, but that's not good news. TWD has always seen much higher than average ratings for season premiere episodes, and this season's premiere ratings dipped by more than 40% compared to last season's. Worse, this week's ratings were the lowest for any season premiere episode since season 3 in 2012. If the series' season-long ratings pattern remains the way it's been all along, that could mean TWD might hit ratings levels later in season 8 that are in line with those of season 2 episodes. That would be a very bad thing.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Basic cable's crown jewel, The Walking Dead, premiered its eighth season on Sunday night. And while it's ratings heyday is now behind it, the zombie drama still obliterated all but the NFL in its return.

Initial Nielsen numbers give the episode an average 11.4 million viewers, 6.5 million of them adults 18-49, which translates to a 5.0 rating in the key demo. Comparing those stats to the comparable premiere a year ago illustrates a dramatic drop, 43 percent among total viewers, but one that also isn't entirely fair. The seventh season premiere of The Walking Dead proved to a be a ratings anomaly. Thanks to interest in a cliffhanger, the series neared series highs for a live-plus-same day telecast — averaging 17 million viewers and 10.7 million adults 18-49.

The drama subsequently saw its viewership suffer from some fatigue. Though it still recoups a great deal with live-plus-three and live-plus-seven day lifts, as most scripted fare does, the seventh season went on to average a total 16.4 million viewers (10.3 million adults 18-49) once all views were factored. That marked the second consecutive season of a downward trajectory after a five-year meteoric rise that culminated in an average 20.1 million viewers (13.3 million adults 18-49) during the 2014-15 run.

At the start of this eighth season, The Walking Dead remains the highest rated scripted series on TV of sorts. While its dominance over the rest of ad-supported cable and broadcast — new leader This Is Us (NBC) is pacing ahead of The Big Bang Theory (CBS) at the start of the broadcast season — seems to remain assured, the specter of HBO's Game of Thrones looms large. The pay cable juggernaut's recently-concluded seventh season averaged nearly 31 million viewers, a great majority of them adults 18-49, with all mediums tallied.

Get the rest of the story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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