Why 'The Walking Dead' Season 9 Premiere Ratings Are Misleading

The Season Eight premiere boasted larger numbers, as well, posting 11.4 million live viewers and 6.5 million in the key demographic. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the premiere achieved a 2.5 rating among adults ranging from 18-49.

Following a weekend where cast and creatives of the AMC zombie apocalypse series took New York Comic Con by storm, about 6.1 million viewers tuned in for the Season 9 debut "A New Beginning" on October 7. The Season 9 premiere was also down approximately 50% in the key demo and 47% in total viewers compared to the Season 8 opener, which drew a 5.0 and 11.4 million viewers a year ago.

Up against a strong Sunday Night Football Lone Star state NFL matchup between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys, TWD's Season 9 start drew 3.2 million viewers and a 2.5 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo. But this wasn't just bad news in terms of season premieres-Season 9's first episode is almost tied with the series' lowest rating for any episode in the key demo, with a Season 1 episode's 2.4 rating standing as the lowest rated episode thus far.

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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. What's more, given The Walking Dead is going into its ninth season, the show is battling not only industry trends but the laws of TV gravity: Shows of a certain age are nearly always destined to suffer serious ratings erosion they grow older.

The Walking Dead's premiere was also down sharply from both Season 8's average (7.8 mil/3.4) and finale (7.9 mil/3.4). AMC doesn't release numbers for the streaming service, though, so we don't know for sure how many people watched it there. In fact, now available on Comcast, YouTubeTV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Apple iOS, AMC Premiere had its best day ever with The Walking Dead's new season opener.

To be fair, it's still one of the biggest shows on television, behind only This Is Us in key demo ratings.

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