Given that it was resolving the Carl Grime's cliffhanger from last year, "Honor" should have been a must-watch installment. However, the ratings failed to reflect the hype of what was promoted as a key episode for the long-running show.
According to Variety, Carl's 90-minute swan song drew a 3.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.3 million [total] viewers. Although it was Season 8's highest rating since the season's fifth episode, it was also the lowest-performing midseason premiere in the show's entire eight-year history.
That said, the premiere did beat the 2018 Winter Olympics' closing ceremonies, and was the most-viewed show on cable TV for the night. While Season 8 has been something of a ratings roller coaster, The Walking Dead is still dominates its Sunday night slot and keeps people talking every week. The decision to kill off Carl, for example, has seen the show continuously grab headlines since December.
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.