The Walking Dead returned to TV screens last Monday with very explosive start to the season, but fans did not return the way they did for the season 7 opener.
Now that it’s been a few days, the final numbers are in from the premiere and it’s not exactly what the producers were hoping for.
Season 7 did not end on a cliffhanger and that would definitely have something to do with it. However, the first episode of Season 8 did, so the ratings are bound to go up.
The premiere of Season 7 drew 17.03 million viewers overall but the premiere of season 8 only drew 11.4 million viewers overall. Going from the trend below it also means that this is the least-watched season premiere of The Walking Dead since season 3 which had 10.8 million viewers on the premiere. Here is the trend below, courtesy of Forbes.com
Season 1: 5.35 million
Season 2: 7.26 million
Season 3: 10.86 million
Season 4: 16.11 million
Season 5: 17.29 million
Season 6: 14.63 million
Season 7: 17.03 million
Season 8: 11.4 million