AMC's The Walking Dead fell to an all-time ratings low with this week's episode, the second since the zombie drama's midseason return.
The Season 9 episode "Omega" drew 4.54 million viewers and a 1.7 rating within the key age 18-49 demographic, a 12-percent decrease in viewers from the previous week's midseason premiere, and a 15-percent decrease in ratings from the episode.
The previous viewership low was the second episode of the series, which first aired in 2010 to an audience of 4.71 million. The previous lowest rating came earlier in Season 9, with a November episode two weeks after the departure of original series protagonist Rick Grimes earning a rating of 1.8.
Despite the sizable drop from the midseason premiere, the survival horror series remains the most-viewed cable series on television and has already been renewed by AMC for a 10th season, to premiere sometime in October.
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Nadia Hilker, Dan Fogler, Angel Theory, Lauren Ridloff and Eleanor Matsuura.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)