The Walking Dead Just Hit a 4-Year Ratings Low, Should AMC Worry?

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The Walking Dead just set another record for itself, a 4-year ratings low record. ScreenRant via TVLine reports that Episode 6 of Season 7, ‘Swear’ had the lowest rating in four years for the series at 10.9 million viewers. Now 10.9 million viewers is still a great number. Most TV shows out there have a tough time reaching 10.9 million viewers even on their best day. Yet when The Walking Dead is sinking like this, everyone pays attention. Hence why you’ve seen many think pieces on the show in the past few weeks. In turn, now we all wonder, is there something to be concerned about with this?

The Walking Dead 4-Year Ratings Low is a Concern, but is it a major one?

I even wrote a think piece on the ratings of The Walking Dead in the midst of the increasing run time of the show. There’s only so far you can go right now with this series in the discussion of the show. I still stand by my statement, if the ratings are low for the mid-season finale, then AMC should be concerned. Comic Book pacing and TV pacing are two different beasts. The point the series is at right now is also a point where some readers dropped the book. Negan is going to be around for awhile so if audiences are mixed on Negan, that doesn’t bode well in any case.

Still, the ratings on The Walking Dead are amazing, even if they are lower than normal. These stand alone episodes building the new world of Negan and The Saviors up is a cool idea in theory. The most well-received episode of The Walking Dead thus far as been the episode introducing The Kingdom. The other episodes this season have had mixed reactions at best. You have increasing run times, lower ratings, and this makes Season 7 one that everyone ponders.

Now I leave it to you all out there in the Monkeys Fighting Robots Universe, what do you think about the ratings? What do you think about the show this season? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below. Is Season 7 where the bottom drops out for The Walking Dead? We will find out soon enough.

Wesley Messer
A long time comic book fan, writer on many comic sites and more, and always enjoys finding new stories and worlds to enjoy. With a lot of love for TV, Movies and so on along the way. A true traveler of the Internet Multiverse.


  1. I personally think it’s NEVER coming back to it’s “Original” Glory & It’s pissed off too many people. It’s oddly making many of the same mistakes “Fear TWD” made much faster. Do people care about Rick & the gang? Certainly – but the fans will now watch “TWD” on THEIR terms. It’s No Longer “Must See Sunday” TV. People that tuned out or got bored will simply WAIT for the season to be “Over” or Netflix. Why? So they can FF thru all the boring episodes like Tara’s. They’ve been jerked around before by the show now they’re “over it”. You will NOT be able to shock them again like that (for good or bad).

    It’s a “Ratings Issue” for AMC & Advertisers now. The show is by no means dead but a 7 Million viewer loss isn’t the fans fault – it’s Kirkmans & the Producers. They’ve gone so far off the reservation of the “Source material” even that fans of the comic are getting annoyed. This show is now a vehicle for “Fan Fiction” of how Kirkman would tell the story to “please certain groups” (or demos) instead of just telling the story he original told (and still tells). TV only viewers don’t notice the “changes” (to character favorites) and they now hold the TV writers “hostage” (If Daryl dies we Riot?)- Killing Glenn was smart because it “happened” (same w/ Carls eye) but: Carol, Morgan, Daryl, Tara & Amazon Island NEVER Happened & it now is eating more screen time than stuff that actually makes the comic compelling & exciting.

    “Game of Thrones” is practically impossible to condense & move characters around in only 10 episodes- YET, they somehow manage- WHY? Because even when they’re laying the exposition down- they keep you multiple threads going so you’re not wasting 20 minutes in silence watching Tara be a doofus or see Carol go crazy over cobbler. TWD fans are pampered & spoiled & they have their little “cliques”- TWD should constantly compete for my attention & NOT assume I’m gonna keep watching when it wants to do it’s own “ego trips”. There’s a TON of stuff I could watch…I back-burnered TWD after Episode 4 S7. I basically check Twitter after 10 pm to see what happened or if the show was WORTH even watching. TWD lost me – It got a little ‘full of itself’ and it is what it is.

  2. I love the show but this season is so far a huge disappointment for many reasons. The skipping around so much is very annoying. One week there is Carol, the next it is another then another. Too mixed up. Would be nice to stay with the main story and characters. If people left for whatever reasons then so be it but stay on point with the main ones. We don’t like the , let’s have this episode ONLY about so and so. Why can’t you split it up and have it about a couple? Go back to the group. Go back to Carol for a bit. A whole episode on one really blows.

  3. I think the biggest problem now for the Walking Dead is original content.
    The story arcs are all the same every episode. Now and again there is a weird time switch between character groups and what they are up to, but there is no humor or any other dimension other than people looking tired and serious and they make atrocious decisions that make multitasking while watching an episode a necessity.

    When the first seasons aired the show was awesome. Rick was a badass leader, Daryl was a loose cannon, the old guy was good for advice and everyone had their place. The zombies were threatening and suspense was a core driver.
    The last few seasons have been action intro > drama > talk > talk > bad decision > small action > talk > cry > bad decision > drama > action > cliffhanger.

    I can’t understand why the format is always the same, the new Negan actor is horrible, safe and not intimidating at all with his fake bad guy persona. The long haired half burnt face actor is very good and I think he would have made a great replacement for the Nagan character. He is unpredictable but cautious. Excellent character. Rick got broken but not convincingly and why oh flippin’ why, do they write the same story over and over about how they find a housing estate, hold it, cause drama, bad guy gang finds them, takes over, they have a war and then move on to another estate same things happens….. it happened in the farm house, the prison, the estate with the governor, this new seasons estate…. its all the same.

    Hangin’ in there but have not seen the latest 2 eps out of boredom for this show.

    Oh… and if their ratings are going down and they had so much trouble finding funding originally…. why did they fund and make the Fear the Walking Dead? Was that the worst decision ever? We were getting sick of slow moving zombies, soap opera stories and they made FTWD ? I really can’t understand why they would saturate a flooded theme with nothing ground breaking.

    I hear Westworld is awesome…

  4. I love the show, I am a big fan, but this has got to be, with the exception of the first episode, the most boring season yet. What were the writers thinking? The pacing of each episode has been abysmally slow. Sometimes it feels like they’re just trying to create filler for lack of ideas.
    I’m incredulous, that they actually think that this type of pacing is what attracted viewers to the show? You could’ve easily taken the last few episodes and edited them all together into one episode. Even if you would’ve done that the content was incredibly boring. Hardly any suspense.

    It reminds me unfortunately of the show Fear The Walking Dead, which had ridiculously boring episodes as well, I’m wondering if the writers for each show are intermingling.

    Sad, just sad.

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