'Walking Dead' Season 9 Premiere Delivers Series Low for Premiere

After 8 seasons, how many more ways can you kill a zombie anyway? That's the lowest rating in the demo for a season premiere since the show began, with the series premiere pulling in a 2.7 rating back in 2010. The ninth season of The Walking Dead touched down this past Sunday, and it earned the lowest ratings in their key demographic in series history. Do the math and that's an all time season opener low., down 7% from the Season 1 debut. Even up against broadcast fare, its premiere will rank among the top-five openers this fall among adults under 50 (NBC's This Is Us had a bigger premiere, while Dead tied The Big Bang Theory's rating in the demo).

Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. And while secondary to the human toll it took on everyone who suddenly found themselves out of work, it also left fans of The Walking Dead video game in the dark about what would happen with the last, unfinished episodes for The Final Season, the conclusion of Clementine's story. But that's still a steep drop from the series' heyday in seasons three through seven, which regularly pulled in double-digit numbers and topped out at 17.29 million viewers for the Season 5 premiere.

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We may find out exactly how many fans that was later this week if AMC provide some of that AMC Premiere data with Live + 3 numbers. AMC also notes it had a record day of sign-ups for its AMC Premiere service, which lets subscribers watch the premiere a day early and without ads.

Still, it seems unlikely that The Walking Dead will ever stop the bleeding this far into the series' run.

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