'Walking Dead' Season 8 Finale Ratings Lowest Since Season 1

Michonne in The Walking Dead season 8 finale

During Sunday's season eight finale, the AMC zombie drama closed one chapter in its larger book while also setting the stage for a few new stories to come, including Maggie. First, the season premiere in October, 2017 earned the lowest premiere ratings for the show since Season Three. They will upload the season finale to the website once it's aired on TV and it's free to stream. Lennie James made the crossover to the spin-off series with this episode which likely brought some viewers over, and the boost from the TWD season finale likely helped as well.

On the bright side, the Season 4 premiere of "Fear the Walking Dead", which saw "Walking Dead" character Morgan Jones crossover into the sister series, was up in both measures from previous year. With that said, there isn't any reason to doubt that "The Walking Dead" Season 9 will follow "A New Beginning" storyline from the comics. By November, the show's regular episodes started netting the lowest ratings numbers since Season Two, and the mid-season premiere in February, 2018 drew the lowest mid-season premiere ratings in the history of the franchise.

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Granted in today's rating climate where decline is the norm for nearly everyone except Game of Thrones, the Season 8 finale results are a continuation of a trend that started in Season 6 for TWD, with the double killing Season 7 opener as a notable exception.

Granted, The Whisperers are introduced in The Walking Dead comics by ambushing members of The Hilltop, but aside from the ambush, the similarities stop there outside of what I think might have been a slight nod to the fan theory by having Alicia disguise herself behind her hair until Althea approaches her. Until then, you can circle October 20 on your calendar as the projected return date for The Walking Dead season 9.

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