After 8 seasons, how many more ways can you kill a zombie anyway? According to Deadline, Sunday's premiere was the lowest-rated premiere for the mega-hit horror drama since the Season 1 premiere in 2010, with 6.1 million viewers tuning in to see the start of Andrew Lincoln's final run of episodes as Rick Grimes. In comparison, the Season 8 premiere brought in 11.44 million viewers. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the premiere achieved a 2.5 rating among adults ranging from 18-49. 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.
It's not clear how many members of the Walking Dead's team will be brought on at Skybound, but with 400 miles between the two developers - Telltale is located in San Rafael, CA, while Skybound is in Los Angeles, CA - that will still result in a move for anyone who does make the leap over to the new developer. It's also a 51% free-fall from what the series based on Robert Kirkman's comics drew for the Season 8 opener in the demo arena it has dominated for ages. Additionally, while its former status as top-rated series on Sundays was yielded to NBC's This is Us, it's still a close contest, since that show barely bested TWD with a 2.7 rating. It was a staggering 23% drop from the Season Eight finale six months prior. AMC doesn't release numbers for the streaming service, though, so we don't know for sure how many people watched it there.
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Also making the cut are Juve's Mario Mandzukic and Liverpool's Sadio Mane, while Barcelona are also represented by Croat defender Ivan Rakitic.
In fact, now available on Comcast, YouTubeTV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Apple iOS, AMC Premiere had its best day ever with The Walking Dead's new season opener.