Although its ratings have dropped off some over the years, The Walking Dead TV show is still the best rated scripted AMC TV series, so a network-dictated cancellation seems unlikely at this point. Where the Nielsen ratings are concerned, the horror series even dwarfs its prequel — Fear the Walking Dead. Although season eight kicks off with episode 100 — an ideal amount for syndication, last spring at PaleyFest, showrunner Scott M. Gimple teased (joked?) that it would also kick off the next 100 episodes. Since The CW‘s former cancellation bait, Supernatural, has 300 episodes in its sights, who are we to judge? Let’s just let the eighth season ratings speak for themselves. Will The Walking Dead be cancelled or renewed? Stay tuned.
A zombie apocalypse drama based on the Robert Kirkman comics, season eight of The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, Katelyn Nacon, Steven Ogg, and Pollyanna McIntosh. The eighth season of The Walking Dead on AMC kicks off with Rick (Lincoln) and company banding together with the Kingdom and Hilltop, in order to bring the fight to Negan (Morgan) and the Saviors. **Update below.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available.
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For comparisons: The seventh season of The Walking Dead on AMC averaged a 5.39 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11.349 million total viewers.
What do you think? Do you still like The Walking Dead TV series? Should this AMC TV show be cancelled or renewed for season nine? How long would you like it to last?
**1/13 update: AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for season nine and named a new showrunner. Details here.