This past Sunday saw the long-awaited return of Rick Grimes and company in the Season 8 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The episode, entitled “Mercy,” was viewed by 11.4 million people. It’s an impressive number for most shows, but marks a significant decline in viewership for what many consider to be one of the most talked about shows on television. To compare, last year’s Season 7 premiere brought in 17.5 million viewers. This makes it a staggering 35 percent drop from last season’s premiere to this year’s premiere.
In the coveted demographic of ages 18-49, the episode managed a mere 5.0 rating from Nielsen’s Live + Same Day metric. Last year’s premiere had the advantage of picking off from one of the all-time frustrating cliffhangers, in which the audience wasn’t clued in as to which member of Rick’s crew Negan had decided to kill off. Perhaps this season’s plotline didn’t offer longtime fans of the program as exciting of a pitch to tune in after the long summer hiatus. Whatever the reasons are for the ratings decline, only time will tell how these numbers will translate over the course of the rest of the season.
The series stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Tom Payne, Austin Amelio, Xander Berkeley, Pollyanna McIntosh, Steven Ogg, and Katelyn Nacon.
The Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 9 pm ET on AMC.
Source: The Wrap
7 Punisher Stories You Need To Read Before Marvel’s Netflix Series
Now that the Punisher trailer has hit the general audience, it’s time for fans to read up on the character before it’s too late. Even though the Punisher has had two movies already, the upcoming Netflix series looks like it will be the definitive adaptation of the character. His morals may be too dark for some people, but at the end of the day, Frank Castle is a hero through-and-through. Whether you want to put him in jail or let him keep working, there’s no denying that he has taken down deadly criminals who put innocent lives in danger.
The Punisher has been a part of the Marvel Universe since 1974 and he has quite a few amazing stories to choose from. Sometimes he’s left alone in his own corner of the Marvel Universe, and sometimes he’s a fully integrated member of the Avengers. No matter where he is or who he is interacting with, the Punisher always means business.
Hit Next to learn more about seven essential Punisher stories you need to read before his 13-part Marvel series arrives on Netflix!