AMC’s hit drama The Walking Dead continues its slide in the key demographic, reaching its lowest point since Season 1.
Sunday’s episode, “The Lost and the Plunderers,” drew a 2.9 rating among adults 18 to 49, and 6.8 million viewers in the Nielsen Live+Same Day numbers. As Variety notes, the last time an episode of the zombie series drew less than a 3.0 rating was Season 1’s “Wildfire,” with 2.8.
And the last time The Walking Dead attracted fewer than 7 million viewers was for the Season 2 episode “Better Angels,” which was seen by 6.9 million. This week’s episode trailed the midseason premiere — the lowest-rated in the show’s history — by about 20 percent.
Of course, these figures always come with the caveat that even as it experiences a decline, The Walking Dead still earns ratings that would elate most network executives. It’s consistently the most-watched show on cable on Sunday nights.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee, Danai Gurira as Michonne, Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, Josh McDermitt as Eugene Porter, Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan.
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