The ratings decline of “The Walking Dead” these past couple years has been well documented, and this year’s brand spankin’ new ninth season sadly isn’t doing much of anything to improve the situation. In fact, Season 9 has been off to an incredibly concerning start, with the recent premiere becoming the lowest rated in the 18-49 demographic in the show’s history.
Bad news continues this morning, with Variety reporting that this past Sunday night’s second episode of Season 9 ” posted a new series low in the Nielsen ratings.” In the key 18-49 demo, episode 9.2 drew a 2.0 rating, the lowest *ever* for “The Walking Dead.” The total Live+Same Day for the episode was 4.9 million, the lowest number the show has posted since Season 1.
The site notes, “The show’s previous low in the key demo was a 2.4, set during Season 1.”
This is really bad news for “The Walking Dead,” to say the least, which seems to be overstaying its welcome in Season 9. Granted, promises of Rick’s impending exit from the series will surely spike numbers for, at least, that particular must-watch episode, but it’s hard to imagine a world where the ratings don’t slide even further after Rick is no longer part of the show.
As we always make sure to point out, “The Walking Dead” is still, all things considered, a ratings monster for AMC, but this is starting to feel like the beginning of the end.