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After ratings continued to decline week after week, there was finally some good news for the The Walking Dead ratings after viewership had a slight uptick with Episode 7, "Sing Me A Song."

It seemed like fans were quick to show their dismay with the events of the current season, with ratings dropping to the lowest point since Season 3 during the Tara-centric Episode 6 "Swear," which managed 10.4 million viewers in the key 18 - 49 demo. However this week's Episode 7 saw an upswing to 10.48 million, a small but noticeable increase.

The Walking Dead ratings according to TV By The Numbers [Wikipedia]
The Walking Dead ratings according to TV By The Numbers [Wikipedia]

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Despite declining numbers, Season 7 actually started off with the second most watched episode of the entire series, with 17.03 million tuning in to find out how that Season 6 cliffhanger would pan out. However those massive numbers were fleeting, with a drop down to 12.46 million in Episode 2, and 11.72 million in Episode 3. The decline then continued until finally this week there was a long awaited increase.

Negan and Carl in The Walking Dead Episode 7 [Gene Page/AMC]
Negan and Carl in The Walking Dead Episode 7 [Gene Page/AMC]

Many feel the ratings decrease probably has something to do with Season 7 feeling a little disjointed and different compared to previous seasons, with characters scattered across this rapidly-expanding world and episodes focusing on introducing new communities or developing characters. However Episode 7 seemed to return to The Walking Dead's regular form of storytelling, following multiple characters across many settings.

So with the series looking to return to form, many fans will be hoping that all these loose ends will be nicely tied up, and the mid-season finale and second half of Season 7 will come out on top as some of the show's best content yet.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Episode 8 "Hearts Still Beating" on December 11.

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