The Walking Dead acquired a little bit of a lift for its final episode, however nonetheless ended up as one of many lowest season finales within the present’s historical past.
No matter what number of viewers abandon a present throughout its run, there may be all the time one thing a few sequence finale that pulls them again to see how all the pieces ends. That is actually true of The Walking Dead, which logged its highest viewers in two years for its closing episode on Sunday. Although the sequence will proceed by way of a number of spin-offs, there have been loads of endings and resolutions to be discovered within the closing outing of the long-lasting present for individuals who turned as much as the occasion.
The Walking Dead hit screens in 2010 as one of the vital formidable and celebrated horror sequence ever made. With an virtually movie-like funds – one thing that was not widespread on the time – and director Frank Darabont on the helm, the sequence was an instantaneous hit, with as much as six million folks tuning into its first season. Viewer numbers continued to develop till it reached an exceptional peak of 17.3 million viewers throughout its fifth season. The season six introduction of Negan was one other excessive level, and from there, the numbers steadily declined, from season 7’s 17 million premiere to 11.4 million for the season 8 premiere. By season 11, that was all the way down to 2.2 million.
In line with this, the season finale pulled in 2.27 million on its debut, which is the best quantity since February 2021, in accordance with THR. Despite that accolade, the sequence finale additionally got here in simply above the lowest-ever season finale from season 10, making it a particular crawl to the end moderately than a dash.
What Happened to The Walking Dead’s Popularity?
The Walking Dead could have seen its viewing numbers halving season after season since its peak, however that doesn’t essentially imply the present has change into a failure in its closing years. Over the final a number of years, followers have deserted the sequence for a number of causes, none extra so than the departure of Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes in Season 9. With the comedian ebook narrative being set round Rick, it was a giant blow to see him depart, and following the lack of another foremost characters, some long-term followers simply misplaced curiosity within the “soap-opera with zombies” that the present turned.
However, there have been different causes for the decline in “on the night” viewers of the present, primarily the large enhance in streaming platforms, catch-up providers, and extra which have allowed audiences to carry off watching exhibits once they premiere and binge their approach by way of complete seasons at a later date. Also, with so many exhibits arriving in a relentless stream, viewers have change into choosy about what and once they watch. Overall, The Walking Dead has nonetheless remained one of the highest-rated scripted shows on cable TV.
There is little question that The Walking Dead spin-offs will achieve some curiosity from those that have beforehand deserted the present. Focusing on the most popular characters, akin to Negan, Daryl and the return of Rick Grimes, will attract followers of these characters. In the case of Rick, there’ll doubtless be fairly just a few older followers tuning into the Rick and Michonne sequence to search out out precisely the place the character has been in the previous couple of years.