Walking Dead season 9 premiere loses almost half its audience

At New York Comic Con, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, who is the founder of Skybound Entertainment, also confirmed the announcement.

Even zombies aren't immune from the ratings erosion virus spreading throughout TV land: The Walking Dead began its ninth season with just 6.1 million same-day viewers Sunday, losing roughly half the audience which showed up for the season-eight premiere a year ago.

The Walking Dead's premiere was also down sharply from both Season 8's average (7.8 mil/3.4) and finale (7.9 mil/3.4). Those numbers are down 50% and 45% from last year's season premiere numbers of a 5.0 demo rating and 11.44 million viewers. For one thing, it's possible Walking Dead will make up some of these declines once delayed viewing and streaming get tallied, though in the case of some broadcast network series this fall, DVR numbers haven't put a dent in the year-to-year declines. Plus, AMC made the premiere available 24 hours ahead of its time slot premiere on its AMC Premiere streaming service, and Deadline reports that the streaming service had its biggest ever day in sign-ups on October 6, the day prior to the premiere.

The Walking Dead premiere has reached a new ratings low for the series. The move drove the single highest day of new sign-ups in the history of the service (those views are not counted by Nielsen, but also aren't released by AMC).

This has nothing to do with Telltale Games and everything to do with the people involved with making "The Walking Dead" game and trying to take care of them in the meantime the best way we can.

With Andrew Lincoln leaving the series this season and the character of Rick Grimes being subsequently written off the show, the series has to find a way to reengage its viewership.

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