The numbers are in and—in spite of a decrease in audience size from last week—AMC’s “The Walking Dead” drew the night’s largest audience at 11 million viewers, according to industry reports on Tuesday morning.
Among the valued 18-to-49 adult demographic, “The Walking Dead” tallied a 5.6 rating, tops among all of the night’s programs.
“The Walking Dead” viewer drop off is believed to be due in large part to two factors: that the episode aired during a three-day holiday weekend and that some viewers were disappointed in the previous week’s midseason premiere.
Last week’s episode did not live up to the expectations set by the show’s consistently action-packed episodes, in some viewers’ opinion.
In light of the show’s midseason premiere on Feb. 10—which drew a record 12.3 million viewers—AMC execs were reported to be considering switching at least some of “The Walking Dead” episodes to IFC, a sister network.
No word as to whether the move is still under consideration.
Admittedly, last week’s “The Walking Dead” midseason premiere lacked its usual punch and panache, but even so, the show stood heads and shoulders above the drivel that passes for primetime programming these days.
So Andrea’s speech to the residents of Woodbury was lacking on the entertainment scale.
And Rick’s screaming at his dead wife who wasn’t really there—or was she?—was a bit out there, too.
Give the show a break. It can’t be stellar every second it's on the air.
No matter what hiccup “The Walking Dead” might encounter from this point forward, the show deserves every bit of praise and attention it gets.
If you’re not watching this show, it’s your loss.
As for the 1.3 million viewers who watched last week but not this week, you either had an extenuating circumstance or aren’t really committed fans of the show.
“The Walking Dead” airs on AMC on Sundays at 7 p.m. in Provo.