While back in October American viewers got to experience the blood, guts and gore of The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere in all it's grisly glory, what you may not have known is that for viewers in the United Kingdom it was another story altogether.
Fox UK, the channel which broadcasts the show in the UK and Ireland, took steps to censor some of the more shocking scenes from the premiere episode, including scenes of Glenn's dislodged and bulging eye, as well as Abraham's bleeding skull. The five second shot of a disfigured Glenn saying "Maggie, I will find you" was also completely cut. Despite certain scenes being edited, Fox UK ensured that the censorship did not alter the narrative of the episode.
Now, months later, Ofcom — the broadcasting regulators in the UK — has officially said that Fox UK made the right call in censoring the episode, which despite the censorship, still prompted multiple complaints from UK viewers. Speaking to Digital Spy, Ofcom stated:
"Our investigation found that FOX took appropriate steps to edit the programme for the 9pm showing. As Fox Networks Group is regulated by Ofcom, we have a duty of care to ensure all our programmes broadcast adhere to the parameters of the Ofcom Broadcasting code."
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Even though it was censored, a record number of viewers in the UK tuned in to watch the episode, with 1.43 million catching the episode within the first 24 hours, a 59% increase in viewers compared to the Season 6 premiere (the previous most watched episode). Meanwhile the episode was watched by 17.03 million viewers in the US.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on a yet-to-be-confirmed date in February.
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Source: Digital Spy