‘Walking Dead’ Season 8 Ratings Hold Steady in Week 3

This week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” mostly held even with last week’s episode in the Nielsen ratings, according to data for Sunday night.

Episode 3 of Season 8, titled “Monsters,” averaged a 3.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers. That is down approximately five percent in both measures from Episode 2, which drew a 4.0 and 8.9 million.

The megahit series has been struggling in the ratings this season, with the Season 8 premiere–also the show’s 100th episode–pulling in the show’s lowest numbers for a season premiere since Season 3. Episode 2 saw a drop off of approximately 20 percent in both measures from the premiere. Episodes 2 and now 3 drew numbers comparable to the ratings the show drew back in Season 2.

Yet again, however, “The Walking Dead” remained the top cable show of Sunday night by a substantial margin. The series’ after show “Talking Dead” was once again the next highest-rated show of the night, drawing a 1.3 and 3.1 million viewers.

“The Walking Dead” is now averaging a 4.3 and 9.6 million viewers per episode this season counting Episode 3. It remains the number one show on television in the key demo, outpacing the current seasons of NBC’s “This Is Us” (2.9), CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” (3.1), ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (2.1) and “The Good Doctor” (2.0), and Fox’s “Empire” (2.0).

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