Published On: Sun, Nov 26th, 2017

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Ratings Are Getting More Scary

Walking Dead season 8 ratings decline

While still retaining its status as the most popular scripted drama on basic cable, The Walking Dead Season 8 ratings presumably are causing concern in the AMC executive suite, especially after the season opener hit a five-year low in viewership and Week 2 was down 20 percent from there. In Week 3, The Walking Dead was down five percent from the prior week.

The Season 8 premiere garnered 11.4 million viewers as compared to the Season 7 counterpart’s 17 million.

According to Variety and other entertainment outlets, last week’s Episode 5 entitled “The Big Scary U,” was the lowest-rated episode in the zombie apocalypse series since the “Secrets’ episode (Week 4) that aired on November 20, 2011, suggesting that ratings are themselves getting more scary, as it were.

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

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Ratings Are Getting More Scary