'The Walking Dead' series finale flies high, draws show's largest viewership in two years

The series finale of 'The Walking Dead' didn't only give the show a perfect closure, it also gave the show a boost in the ratings as well

'The Walking Dead' series finale flies high, draws show's largest viewership in two years
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - 'The Walking Dead' series finale (AMC)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: ‘The Walking Dead’ finally came to an end with an emotional finale and we saw really gruesome deaths, along with some really extraordinary returns. Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to look at the series finale in terms of viewership and we are happy to report that the AMC series managed to achieve an extraordinary feat with its last episode.

The series began in 2010 and received universal acclaim for its storytelling and horror quotient. When it comes to ratings, the show kept on adding new viewers with each passing episode. Season 5 turned out to be the most-watched edition of the series and had an average viewership of 14.38 million. On the hand, Seasons, 3, 4, 6, and 7 all had an average viewership of more than 10 million. However, in recent years, the viewership went down drastically because a lot of people believed that show should have ended a long while back, but the series ended on a high and drew in the show’s largest viewership in two years.

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A still from 'The Walking Dead' Season 11 (AMC)
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According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the series finale of ‘The Walking Dead’ got a rating bump as the episode drew 2.27 million viewers on its release day, which means that it was the most-watched episode for the show since February 2021. Even though the show saw a rise in viewership for its finale, it should be noted that it narrowly missed nabbing the title of the least-watched season finale of the series. The season finale of Season 10 still remains the least-watched finale episode of the series and was seen by just 2.12 million viewers.

These numbers are far from the numbers that the series used to pull in previous seasons. The series premiere saw 5.35 million viewers tuning in while the show reached its peak when 17.29 million viewers watched the premiere of the show’s fifth season.

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Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier in 'The Walking Dead' Season 11 (AMC)
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier in 'The Walking Dead' Season 11 (AMC)

However, the rating bump might prove to be good for the upcoming spin-off shows because there’s a lot of anticipation among fans to see how characters do when they are scattered and living on their own. The first look for Negan and Maggie spin-off series, titled ‘The Walking Dead: Dead City’, was recently shared by AMC and it looks like Maggie likes to keep her friends close, but her enemies closer. The series will also introduce a bunch of new characters as they wander the streets of Manhattan that have become a safe haven for the undead.

On the other hand, the first look images of the spin-off series focusing on Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) show us that the character is ready for some epic adventures as he can be seen facing the zombies while standing beside a horse and a carriage.

Apart from the aforementioned projects, a spin-off series primarily focusing on Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne Grimes (Danai Gurira) will also be premiering on AMC in 2023. The return of Rick and Michonne made fans really emotional and they were happy to know that there’s still so much to explore about these two characters. It will be interesting to see how AMC handles the spin-off of these two characters and what kind of time frame it will follow.

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Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan in 'The Walking Dead: Dead City' (AMC)
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan in 'The Walking Dead: Dead City' (AMC)

Even though ‘The Walking Dead’ is over, the universe is still thriving.

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