There're no denying that there was a lot of anticipation for the eighth season of The Walking Dead. The all out war commenced in the Season 7 finale as Rick prepared to take on Negan, and fans of the post-apocalyptic drama couldn't wait to see what happened next.
Despite all of the anticipation, not to mention that the Season 8 premiere was also #TheWalkingDead's 100th episode, "Mercy" pulled in 11.4 million viewers. And while this sounds pretty good, it's actually the lowest viewed #TWD premiere since Season 3 back in 2012. Moreover, considering Season 7 premiered to a whopping 17.03 million viewers, this is a considerable drop in viewership.
We Shouldn't Worry Just Yet
While the ratings are clearly dropping for The Walking Dead, there's no reason why viewers should panic just yet. Why? Because, despite the drop, The Walking Dead is still arguably the biggest show on television and, aside from Game Of Thrones, nothing else comes close in terms of fanbase and worldwide appeal. It's also worth remembering that The Walking Dead is on a basic cable network, meaning that not everybody has access to it. The fact that such a show can still bring in 11 million viewers in the first place is remarkable.
In comparison, despite being arguably a better show, Fear The Walking Dead only pulled in an average of 2 million viewers for its critically acclaimed third season. Nobody is worrying about Fear because 2 million viewers is perfectly normal viewership for a basic cable network, so the fact that TWD continues to pull in such high viewing figures is great.
There's no doubt in my mind that the primary reason for The Walking Dead's drop in viewership is down the disappointing seventh season, which saw a bizarre storytelling method used where entire episodes were devoted to secondary characters and very little happened over the course of the entire season. In addition to this, Season 7 was riddled with graphic violence, continuity errors and bad CGI, all of which rubbed some viewers up the wrong way.
It's clear from the Season 8 premiere that the writers have rectified all of their mistakes from Season 7, and Season 8 is off to a great start. Let's hope it stays that way because if it doesn't, then we might have something to worry about.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.
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