After a steady decline, ratings for The Walking Dead post-Rick Grimes appear to be holding steady. This week’s episode of TWD was relatively similar to last week’s, which featured the long-anticipated departure of actor Andrew Lincoln.
According to a report from Variety, this week’s episode of the AMC series drew a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers. That is down a mere 5 percent from the 2.1 the show drew last week and even with all viewers. In Live+3, last week’s episode grew to a 3.2 rating and 8 million viewers.
Episode 6 of TWD, “Who Are You Now,” marks the first episode of the series following the apparent death of Lincoln's character Rick Grimes, the show's central hero since it debuted in 2010. Of course, viewers know he was rescued by a helicopter (and will star in a trilogy of TV movies), but as far as any characters on the show are concerned, Rick died after blowing up a bridge to stop a herd of walkers and they've all moved on six years into the future.
Before ratings began to flag, TWD was a juggernaut just a few years ago, blowing most of its competitors out of the water. At its peak, the show was garnering an average of 11.3 million viewers during its fourth and fifth seasons.
But even with decreased viewership, the show is still very strong by average cable standards. Data from TV By The Numbers shows that TWD ranked second on the list of Top 25 original cable shows in adults 18-49 from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 (after Monday Night Football).
TWD just has two more episodes before the Season 9 midseason finale and the formal arrival of new baddies The Whisperers.