Whatever anybody says about the seventh season of The Walking Dead, the AMC hit zombie apocalypse series is still America’s highest-rated TV series despite the dips in viewership during season 7. Deadline reports that after full calculations were made, the show remained the highest-rated scripted show in all of TV, which means the series has held the title for five years running.
The series has almost become the first drama to ever take the top spot amongst the 18-49 viewer demographic for this many consecutive years, making it one of the most successful in history.
Despite all that, The Walking Dead has continued to see a drop of ratings throughout season 7, which caused some of the biggest divisions amongst those watching.
When season 7 started, viewers had to say goodbye to two of the biggest characters the series has seen, as new villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) used his barbed-wire baseball bat Lucille to bring the lives of Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) to an end. It was a brutal, bloody and very violent affair, prompting complaints across the globe, but, it was one that remained quite loyal to its comic book source material.
The decision to wipe out Abraham and Glenn has obviously had an adverse effect on the show’s future, but there is still the chance it could reel the viewers back in. With seven seasons now under its belt and an eighth scheduled to premiere this autumn, there’s plenty of time to bring the positive vibes back to The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead is expected to return to AMC in the US and FOX in the UK this autumn.
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