The Walking Dead has its lowest ratings ever with Season 9 episode 2
The second episode of Season 9 of the AMC series drew a 2.0 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 4.9 million viewers in the Live+Same Day numbers
'The Walking Dead' may have been the biggest phenomenon on TV, but that was a long time ago. The recent season 9 episode titled 'The Bridge,' aired on Sunday and made history by recording the lowest ratings till date for the series, beating the previous worst record set in season one.
According to Variety, the episode received a 2.0 rating in the key demographic of adults 18-49. The previous record was a 2.4 during season one, when the show was just starting to find its audience. However, in terms of total viewers (as opposed to ratings), 4.9 million people watched this week’s episode live or same day, which is not the worst ever.
It’s the second worst ever to 4.7 million, also in the first season. This week’s episode was also down around 20 percent in both measures from last week’s season premiere, which was also the lowest-rated premiere in the series' history, following the season eight finale, which was the lowest-rated finale in series history.
'The Walking Dead's new season is built around the highly publicized departure of the show’s main character, played by Andrew Lincoln. But in recent months there were reports of co-star Norman Reedus potentially signing a contract and the CEO of AMC saying he wanted 'The Walking Dead' franchise to continue for over 10 years plus and expand into movies.
These ratings strongly affirm that fans are starting to lose interest in the show and that there's very little chance the show can bounce back to its former glory. As reported on Sunday, 'The Walking Dead' ranked behind only 'Sunday Night Football' in the key demo. Its closest competition beyond that was the ALCS game between the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox, which drew a 1.5 rating on TBS.