'The Walking Dead' Season 8 Finale Nets Lowest Ratings Since Season 1

Danai Gurira as Michonne Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes leading Team Rick

AMC's "The Walking Dead" closed out the season with its lowest-rated finale since the show's inaugural campaign in 2010, scaring up 7.92 million viewers and a 3.4 rating in the advertiser-coveted demographic, which works out to around 4.4 million adults 18 to 49. Now, the season finale ratings numbers are in, and they continue this season's trend of falling back to earlier, smaller milestones. I'm among them. Outside of the plot and what is going to happen next for our favorite characters and when our hated characters will meet their maker, the big question fans always ask when a season ends is when they can watch more. Next week's numbers will determine how numerous curious onlookers following Morgan's transition to Fear the Walking Dead will stick around, but for now that one is off to a good start.

Then again, success certainly came to TWD spinoff Fear The Walking Dead on Sunday with its Season 4 premiere.

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The official then went into his dressing room and ordered both sides back out on to the pitch in order for the set piece to be taken.

Negan and his Saviors have troubled Rick Grimes & Co. since the sixth season, but the bat-swinging villain was brought to his knees in Sunday's episode, "Wrath". While there hasn't been a confirmed return date for season 9, we can safely assume AMC will stick with the plan that's clearly working so far and keep it in October.

Granted in today's rating climate where decline is the norm for nearly everyone except Game of Thrones, the Season 8 finale results are a continuation of a trend that started in Season 6 for TWD, with the double killing Season 7 opener as a notable exception. Some people think that Fear The Walking Dead may even rival The Walking Dead in both character development and storylines in season 4 and moving forward. Until then, you can circle October 20 on your calendar as the projected return date for The Walking Dead season 9.

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