It's a narrative that's starting to become an annual tradition, especially since last year's premiere saw the show's ratings reach a nadir in its own right that was eventually shared with last year's finale. They represent the lowest start to a season of the show to date; the previous low was the first season's 2.7 demo rating. Do the math and that's an all time season opener low., down 7% from the Season 1 debut. "A New Beginning" made The Walking Dead the top-rated show on Sunday night and also drove the single highest day of new sign-ups in the history of AMC Premiere, which released the season nine premiere commercial-free 24 hours before its Sunday timeslot. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the premiere achieved a 2.5 rating among adults ranging from 18-49. 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 past year. That's down 47 percent from last year's Season 8 premiere, which was watched live by 11.4 million viewers, and down about 11 million total viewers from the cliffhanger-resolving Season 7 premiere. Moreover, the season 9 opener's 2.5 rating places the series dangerously close to its all-time key demo low of 2.4, which occurred during season 1, back when it was still an experimental 6-episode fall 2010 season offering.
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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Players who have pre-ordered the standard edition of Overkill's The Walking Dead should find a code waiting in their inbox, while those who purchased the deluxe edition will be given four codes for themselves and a trio of buddies to partake in the survival horror action. The best new showrunner Angela Kang can do is retain the not inconsequential number of fans who are still invested, especially after Andrew Lincoln's exit later this season.