Just last month, CBS brass woke up to find the network's long-running powerhouse comedy The Big Bang Theory had lost 40 percent of its under-50 audience versus its previous season premiere, while companion series Young Sheldon dove 55 percent from its heavily hyped series opener.
Still, The Walking Dead's ratings peaked in season 5 (with a season premiere of more than 17 million viewers) and have ebbed each year since.
The good news is that Skybound Games plans to bring on the development team from Telltale to finish the final two episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, but Variety reports that nothing has been finalized. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the premiere achieved a 2.5 rating among adults ranging from 18-49.
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The official also said the journalist may have been killed on the orders of the highest levels of the Saudi royal court. He later returned October 2 after being promised the necessary paperwork so the two could be married.
Compared to the Season 8 "Wrath" finale of April 15, "A New Beginning" fell 23 % in total viewers and 27% among 18-49s. Moreover, the season 9 opener's 2.5 rating places the series dangerously close to its all-time key demo low of 2.4, which occurred during season 1, back when it was still an experimental 6-episode fall 2010 season offering. And while secondary to the human toll it took on everyone who suddenly found themselves out of work, it also left fans of The Walking Dead video game in the dark about what would happen with the last, unfinished episodes for The Final Season, the conclusion of Clementine's story. The Live+3 and Live+7 numbers will provide a fuller portrait of how the premiere actually did. It was the top-rated show on Sunday night by a landslide, and according to AMC, the premiere also brought in the highest day of new sign-ups in the history of the channel's premieres.
Still, it seems unlikely that The Walking Dead will ever stop the bleeding this far into the series' run.