The Walking Dead‘s Season 7 finale seems to have hit a snag with the ratings, as the finale had the fifth-lowest ratings in the show’s run, just behind Season 3’s finale.
The latest numbers are in for the zombie television epic, and there’s some cause for concern for deadheads. Season 6’s widely-disliked cliffhanger of Negan killing someone offscreen has been cited as a potential “jump the shark” moment for fans of the series (not so much the act as the decision to make viewers wait for the pay-off). This might explain why viewership for the show has been stagnant after the Season 7 premiere (which resolved the cliffhanger of who Negan’s kill was) nearly had the second-highest ratings in the history of the series.
Even though fans seem to be split over the show, the finale aired on a pretty big night for television anyway. The Walking Dead‘s competition included the return of WrestleMania, the ACM Awards, the second-to-last episode of Homeland‘s current season, the season finale of Big Little Lies, and the series finale of Black Sails. There’s also the matter of the adjusted results that come from Live + 3, which have yet to be factored in with the current viewership total.
But in spite of the viewership decline, the show continues to be one of AMC’s most watched programs, as over ten million people still tuned in to watch each episode – and even though Season 3’s finale had more viewers, Season 7 had a greater average ratings than Season 3 did. More importantly, the average ratings on the show continue to be higher than fellow hits like The Big Bang Theory, Empire, and This Is Us. The people running AMC continue to remain confident in the show’s longevity due to this high level of viewership, but there’s no doubt that they’ll need to figure something out in order to address this growing problem.
The Walking Dead will return with Season 8 in October 2017.
10 Independent Comics Perfect For TV
I really don’t understand why so many great, independent comics are being ignored by Hollywood executives.
Marvel and DC dominated television in 2016 with the Arrowverse bringing the Legends of Tomorrow into the mix and Netflix adding both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to their expanding list of original titles. Comic book films also did well in the box office last year, even if the critics weren’t always too happy, so it seems from an investment perspective comic book properties are still a good bet. Independent comics are full of characters and concepts that have the potential to become the next big thing. Fortunately, with Valiant’s recent announcement of an online Ninjak series and FX finally naming a show runner for their Y:The Last Man adaptation, it seems comic fans have a lot to look forward to in the years ahead.
Here’s a list of 10 more comics ripe for the silver screen. Click Next to start!