The latest episode of The Walking Dead has slumped to the show’s lowest audience rating in the US for an episode since its second season, dropping to below eight million viewers for the first time in over five years.
The latest season of the AMC show began in the US last month, but The Walking Dead has suffered from declining viewer numbers since the second episode of the season, ‘The Damned’, first fell victim to the lowest audience figure in the country for over five years.
The ratings for The Walking Dead‘s most recent episode, ‘The Big Scary U’, have managed to beat the previous season low of 8.52 million (achieved by ‘Monsters’), with only 7.85 million viewers tuning in last Sunday (November 19) – with a 3.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
The last time an episode of The Walking Dead registered an episode rate below 8 million viewers was back in season two, when the March 2012 episode ‘Better Angels’ attracted just 6.89 million viewers.
While the number of viewers is concerning, AMC and the producers of The Walking Dead will take comfort in the amount of viewers that they are still pulling in to watch a cable show.
Despite poor viewing figures and mounting fan criticism this season, AMC boss Josh Sapan told investors earlier this month that he believes the Walking Dead franchise could possibly go on for decades to come.