The Walking Dead Returns With Series-Low Season Premiere

Fortunately there's good news for both players and those who made the game, because Robert Kirkman's Skybound will complete the last season of the game, and they're hoping to work with the former staff of Telltale to do it. That is the lowest rating in adults 18-49 since the show began, with the previous low being a 2.7 for the series premiere.

AMC also points to the fact that The Walking Dead season 9 premiere drove the single highest day of sign-ups to the network's commercial-free upgrade plan; an aspect suggesting that the show might be becoming a bigger draw to streaming viewers. It was also down 23 percent from last April's finale, notable since even for many other shows that have seen ratings fall, their series premieres managed to eke out small gains over their finales. These numbers make the season 9 opener stand as the lowest-rated premiere in the history of the series.

Check out our review of the Season 9 premiere of The Walking Dead, which we called "Great" saying, "Thankfully, for now, the story seems to have taken a few steps back from the outright conspiracy and rebellion that was being cooked up at the end of Season 8; opting instead for a more subtle and believable build in hostilities".

To be fair, it's still one of the biggest shows on television, behind only This Is Us in key demo ratings. The Live+3 and Live+7 numbers will provide a fuller portrait of how the premiere actually did.

Weeks after Telltale Games announced it would be laying off a majority of its staff, another studio has revealed that it will be finishing the final season of Telltale's The Walking Dead adventure game series. The best new showrunner Angela Kang can do is retain the not inconsequential number of fans who are still invested, especially after Andrew Lincoln's exit later this season.

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