The divisive season-ending cliffhanger of "The Walking Dead" drew 14.2 million viewers, but not even the debut of fan-favorite villain Negan could top the record-setting 2015 finale.
Variety reports Sunday's 90-minute "Last Day On Earth" drew the AMC drama's largest audience since the Season 6 premiere in October (14.6 million). However, ratings slipped by 10 percent from last season's finale, which rang up 15.78 million total viewers.The finale also dropped by 15 percent in the key 18-49 demographic.
Sunday's episode brought the long-awaited debut of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan, who brought his barbed wire-wrapped bat Lucille along for the occasion. While fans have speculated all season which "Walking Dead" regular would be the first to fall victim to the bat, the finale offered no answers -- sparking online backlash.
Although the sixth season of the "Walking Dead" has experienced a slight ratings slip, the drama continues to be television's top-rated entertainment series among adults 18-49, and out-performs top broadcast shows in "Live +3" numbers.