'The Walking Dead' Season 8 Finale Remains the Night's Highest-Rated Program

  • 'The Walking Dead' Season 8 Finale Remains the Night's Highest-Rated Program

'The Walking Dead' Season 8 Finale Remains the Night's Highest-Rated Program

The recent season eight finale unfurled as an expected disappoint after a generally poor run, seeing twists which didn't feel earned and no real pay-off for the war between Rick and Negan.

As much as ratings erosion is about as inevitable and inescapable as the Big Dirt Nap, fans of "The Walking Dead" have no reason to fear that it's in any danger of disappearing from AMC's schedule. - Will it be enough to cauterize its hemorrhaging viewership?

If "Dead" can no longer lay claim to being TV's highest-rated primetime program (NBC's "Sunday Night Football" leads the pack with a 6.1 in the 8-49 demo), it is still the No. 1 drama, topping Season 2 of the Peacock's "This Is Us".

"The show will evolve in a huge way [in Season 9]".

"Where I'm from we call them Walkers".

'What [the writers] have planned... it just feels new. "It just takes this quantum leap forward in the stories we're telling". But Walkers has always been the best known name for them because they're literally the walking dead, hence the show title.

When pressed if this could allude to a time jump, Gimple says: 'A time jump tease. but it wouldn't be exactly as we expect'. He even concedes that his comments can be qualified as "a time jump tease". Setting aside the fact that the show was renewed for a ninth season back in January, "Dead" is far too vital a resource for AMC to snuff out any time soon.

At least the same night's "Fear the Walking Dead" Season 4 premiere (4.1 million total viewers) was way up from its last episode. Tellingly, the Season 8 future flashes depicted "Old Man Rick" as having to use a cane, an idea that came from the comics after Rick sustained a gruesome leg dislocation in his final battle with Negan.

The show could see a similar jump, but it could seem odd following the revelation of Maggie, Jesus and Daryl wanting to go against Rick's wishes and kill Negan. The most recent season finale numbers are now half that of the series' best back in 2015 in Season 5. Plus, most notably, the arrival of the next big bad group of The Walking Dead mythos, the stealthy, primitive, walker-skin-wearing group, the Whisperers, is a sure bet for Season 9.

Ratings Results of Interest: On Sunday, AMC's Fear the Walking Dead had its fourth season debut following the TWD season finale and it posted a 1.6 rating based on same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic with 4.1 million total viewers.