Que hor­ror: View­er­ship down for ‘Walk­ing Dead’ de­but

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NEW YORK — “The Walk­ing Dead” aired its 100th episode for its eighth sea­son pre­miere last Mon­day, al­though it wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily cause for cel­e­bra­tion at AMC. The show had 11.4 mil­lion view­ers on Sun­day night, down 33 per­cent from last fall’s seventh sea­son pre­miere, which had 17 mil­lion, the Nielsen com­pany said.

AMC said there are all kinds of mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors, pri­mar­ily that last year’s pre­miere was a cliffhanger that drew an un­usual num­ber of fans. Live tele­vi­sion view­er­ship is down across the board, par­tic­u­larly among the younger view­ers that are the most avid fans of “The Walk­ing Dead.” It’s still the most pop­u­lar scripted show on tele­vi­sion for view­ers aged 18-to-49-years-old. The pre­miere num­bers are on a par with the 10.9 mil­lion viewer av­er­age for the last eight episodes that aired.

But those num­bers have to raise eye­brows over at AMC, par­tic­u­larly com­ing off a sea­son that dis­ap­pointed some of the show’s fans.

De­spite the rat­ings weak­ness, the sea­son de­but re­ceived some strong reviews.

The episode “man­ages to add some en­ergy into an ag­ing se­ries and to at least par­tially hit the re­set but­ton,” wrote Kelly Lawler for USA To­day.

From last sea­son: Rick Grimes and son Carl bend­ing their knee in The Walk­ing Dead.

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