The dead still walk the earth. AMC has renewed The Walking Dead TV show for a ninth season. Scott M. Gimple has been promoted from showrunner to the new position of Chief Content Officer, from which he will oversee all of the network’s Walking Dead-related properties. Meanwhile, writer and co-executive producer, Angela Kang, will be the series’ new showrunner. Season eight, which is currently on hiatus, returns to AMC on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Season nine is expected to debut late in 2018.
An AMC 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 Walking Dead: A Look at the Ratings
The eighth season of The Walking Dead is averaging a 3.79 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 8.63 million viewers. Compared to season seven, that’s down by 30% and down by 24%, respectively. Despite that significant drop, the series is far and away the highest rated TV show currently on AMC.
In his new role, Gimple will oversee The Walking Dead‘s vast TV universe, including both the flagship and spinoff Fear the Walking Dead, as well as gaming and future brand extensions on a variety of platforms, among other areas. Writer/co-exec producer Angela Kang (pictured below) has been promoted to executive producer and showrunner, replacing Gimple in the latter role, of The Walking Dead. Kang has been with The Walking Dead since 2011, writing some 20 episodes of the show, including critically praised hours including “Coda” and “Still.” Kang will take over as showrunner starting with season nine, which will premiere in late 2018.
“This is an enormously important day for the entire The Walking Dead television universe. We are proud to acknowledge Angela’s significant contribution to the series and to set a clear path forward for a ninth season under her direction. Further, with gratitude and admiration, we also recognize Scott’s broad impact on, and leadership of, the content that fuels our TWD universe. Together, we will dream bigger and more broadly than ever before,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “I know I speak for Angela, Scott and everyone at AMC when I say thanks most of all to the fans and the many talented people who have helped AMC play Dead.”
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