‘The Walking Dead’ is finally coming to an end: this is the record-breaking horror series in numbers | TV

‘The Walking Dead’ is finally coming to an end: this is the record-breaking horror series in numbers | TV
‘The Walking Dead’ is finally coming to an end: this is the record-breaking horror series in numbers | TV

TVThe end of an era: ‘The walking dead’ is no more. The epic, record-breaking series will finally come to a close on Sunday. And what better way to close than by charting the unprecedented success of the series in some staggering ratings.

‘The Walking Dead’ premiered on October 31, 2010. It drew more than 5.35 million viewers, making it by far the biggest debut in AMC history. But despite the great success at the start, the series only continued to grow. Season two grew 32 percent to 6.91 million viewers on the same day. The third rose nearly 56 percent to 10.75 million and season four increased another 24 percent to 13.33 million.

The fifth series was the peak of the ratings, averaging 14.38 million viewers on the same day. The premiere of the fifth series was the most watched episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ ever, with a whopping 17.29 million viewers on October 12, 2014 and a further 5 million viewers in the following seven days.

LOOK. The trailer for the tenth season of ‘The Walking Dead’.

Decay

Six and seven of ‘The Walking Dead’ declined somewhat, but the show was still huge with an average of 13.15 million and 11.35 million viewers for the two series. But a real decline happened from season eight in 2017 and 2018. That averaged 7.82 million same-day viewers, down 30 percent from the year before.

The ninth season fell by 37 percent and the tenth again by about the same percentage. The latter, set in three eight-episode series over 15 months, has only once hit 2 million viewers on the same day, for its August 15, 2021 premiere.

Unprecedented success

A decline – as ‘The Walking Dead’ has experienced – is becoming more common. The cause is that fewer and fewer people receive cable channels, such as AMC, at home. At its peak in 2010, the channel reached 94 million TV households, now there are only 78 million.

But despite “The Walking Dead” ending on a relative damper compared to its heyday, the show’s place in AMC and cable television history is secured. After all, very few TV shows have ever had such immense success.

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