This past Sunday AMC’s “The Walking Dead” concluded the first half of Season 7 with a slight uptick in ratings, although still the worst since the Season 3 midseason finale.
The eighth episode, “Hearts Still Beating”, pulled in 10.58 million viewers, a bleak jump from the prior week’s 10.48 million. It barely topped Season 3’s midseason finale, which would have made it the worst finale since the show’s second season.
The good news is that the ratings did increase, albeit a tick, with the bad news being that a typical finale brings in a huge jump in ratings (on average, approximately 2 million). Worse news for AMC is that the general consensus amongst critics and fans were positive, although they can only hope that it translates into return viewers when the show returns on February 12, 2017.
From where I’m sitting it looks like the beginning of the end. I really don’t know how you top the hype and controversy of where they left things off with Negan in Season 6. I think we’ve seen the peak of “The Walking Dead” and from here on out we’ll see a steady decline until the eventual movie or series cancellation. But don’t panic yet as we really need to see what happens come the show’s return; and let’s not forget that 10 million viewers is still nothing to sneeze at.
Those of you who are keeping up with the show, what are you emotions right now?