Fans don’t have to worry about The Walking Dead TV show being cancelled by AMC too soon, because it’s already renewed for an eighth season. That said, its seventh season, which concluded last month, dropped significantly in the ratings.
The Walking Dead follows a group of humans struggling to survive and adapt to a world that’s filled with zombies. The AMC cast includes: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, Khary Payton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Variety reports AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan addressed the declining ratings, this week:
AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan on Thursday sought to ease concerns among Wall Street analysts about ratings erosion for The Walking Dead after the No. 1 show on TV ended its seventh season.
“It’s pretty alive and vital and there’s a long time that we’re going to be playing with The Walking Dead,” Sapan told the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit in New York City during a session that was webcast. He conceded the seventh season ended with “some minor erosion” in overall audience ratings, but the zombie drama remains strong creatively.
After a seventh season that parted ways with four series regulars — Steven Yeun’s Glenn, Michael Cudlitz’s Abraham, Austin Nichols’ Spencer and Sonequa Martin-Green’s Sasha — the AMC series recently promoted Steven Ogg (Simon), Katelyn Nacon (Enid) and Pollyanna McIntosh (Jadis) to full-time roles for the upcoming eighth season.
The Walking Dead: A Look at the Ratings
The seventh season of The Walking Dead averaged a 5.39 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11.35 million viewers. Compared to season six, that’s down by nearly 17% in the demo and almost 14% in terms of total audience size.
Still, those ratings dwarf those of the other AMC TV shows we’re tracking. The cable network’s second best performer is Fear the Walking Dead. And yet, it its second season, the spin-off averaged a 1.83 in the demo and drew an average of 4.19 million viewers. Fear the Walking Dead, season three, premieres on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 9:00pm ET/PT, with back-to-back new episodes.
What do you think? Are you still watch The Walking Dead TV series? How many seasons do you expect it to last?