There is little doubt within the fanbase’s thoughts nowadays that The Walking Dead is the most effective it’s been in years. Season 9 was improbable underneath Angela Kang’s new path, and but no enhance in high quality has been in a position to reverse the development of rankings persevering with to fall.
That has continued to a considerably extreme diploma with the season 10 premiere, which drew simply four million viewers. That shouldn’t be solely the bottom rated season premiere ever, however it’s actually the bottom rated episode ever, beating out the four.15 million of The Calm Before close to the top of season 9.
While I and others will proceed to report these “new ratings low!” tales, I’ve to pose the query right here, does this even matter?
The dip in The Walking Dead rankings shouldn’t be in contrast to that of numerous exhibits who’ve seen their dwell viewings fall through the years with zillions of the way to look at exhibits after they air, or in AMC’s case, earlier than they air, as The Walking Dead premiere was really obtainable to look at per week early for AMC Premiere members, aka essentially the most die-hard TWD superfans. That’s a transfer that clearly would harm dwell viewing, however as time goes on that appears to matter much less and fewer.
AMC definitely doesn’t care about these so-called Walking Dead declines. Before season 10’s premiere even aired, they already greenlit season 11, and so they’re about to launch a 3rd Walking Dead collection this coming spring, along with going ahead with their plans for his or her spin-off films. AMC seems to be at The Walking Dead as a beneficial universe, not simply as a present to run advertisements on throughout Sunday nights. I additionally assume the continued airing of The Walking Dead is a moneymaker in different methods, as AMC simply made a take care of Amazon for the post-air streaming rights to the brand new Walking Dead spin-off, and each Fear and TWD have been Netflix staples for some time now.
As a fan, I don’t actually care about rankings both. All I would like is for the present to be good. I’m severely offended at Fear the Walking Dead proper now as a result of it’s been constantly horrible for 2 years. I’m more than happy with The Walking Dead as a result of season 9 was killer and season 10 is beginning out the identical manner. Both exhibits have seen large rankings dips, so high quality actually has nothing to do with it. Before final evening, the bottom rated episode of the collection was The Calm Before, which is actually one of many finest episodes of the collection when it comes to high quality.
I’d anticipate to see continued declines all through this season like we did final season, and the previous few earlier than that. “Live TV” is simply barely a factor that exists anymore exterior of reports and sports activities, and for this reason you virtually by no means hear concerning the rankings of Amazon, Netflix or Hulu streaming exhibits, until it’s extraordinarily excellent news and one thing to brag about (“Stranger Things breaks information!” Etc.).
I’ll hold watching The Walking Dead as a result of it’s good now. I’d say that I’d cease watching if it turns into dangerous once more, however everyone knows that’s not true. I’m right here till the top at this level. But that might not be for a decade but, it doesn’t matter what the dwell rankings do.
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