The Walking Dead premiere has reached a new ratings low for the series.
This has nothing to do with Telltale Games and everything to do with the people involved with making "The Walking Dead" game and trying to take care of them in the meantime the best way we can. Those numbers are down 50% and 45% from last year's season premiere numbers of a 5.0 demo rating and 11.44 million viewers.
The good news is that Skybound Games plans to bring on the development team from Telltale to finish the final two episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, but Variety reports that nothing has been finalized. Do the math and that's an all time season opener low., down 7% from the Season 1 debut. But this wasn't just bad news in terms of season premieres-Season 9's first episode is almost tied with the series' lowest rating for any episode in the key demo, with a Season 1 episode's 2.4 rating standing as the lowest rated episode thus far.
What might serve as the lemonade from the proverbial lemons here is the number of overall viewers has not quite reached a low. That "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" episode had just more than 17 million viewers, and was virtually tied with the Season 5 debut.
To be fair, it's still one of the biggest shows on television, behind only This Is Us in key demo ratings. Indeed, TWD firmly remains the top-rated cable series for Sunday night.
Players who have pre-ordered the standard edition of Overkill's The Walking Dead should find a code waiting in their inbox, while those who purchased the deluxe edition will be given four codes for themselves and a trio of buddies to partake in the survival horror action. The series - with new showrunner Angela Kang in the driver's seat - had a lot of exposition to cover in the season 9 opener.