‘Walking Dead’ Season 7 Finale Is AMC Show’s Lowest-Rated Closer Since 2012

The Walking Dead” Season 7 finale posted the AMC series’ lowest finale ratings since Season 2 aired back in 2012, according to Nielsen data released on Tuesday.

The Season 7 finale posted a 5.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 11.3 million viewers, which matches the per episode averages for Season 7 in both measures. That puts it above the Season 2 finale (4.7, 9 million) but below the Season 3 finale (6.4, 12.4 million). Likewise, this season’s finale was down significantly from the Season 6 finale (6.9, 14.2 million) to the tune of approximately 22 percent in the key demo and 20 percent in total viewers.

In addition, the finale came nowhere close to matching the season opener, which saw the resolution of the cliffhanger ending that revealed who in Rick’s group was brutally killed by Negan. The Season 7 premiere drew an 8.4 rating and 17 million viewers, meaning the show was down approximately 36 percent in the demo and 33 percent in total viewers from the beginning of the season to the end. To be fair, the Season 7 premiere posted the second-highest ratings in the show’s history, second only to the Season 5 premiere (8.7, 17.3 million)

On a positive note, the episode did tick up compared to the episode that aired the week prior (4.9, 10.5 million) by approximately 10 percent in the demo and 7 percent in total viewers, and was also up slightly compared to the midseason finale (5.1, 10.6 million) back in December. This week’s episode was also airing against competition in the form of the WWE pay-per-view Wrestlemania, the ACM Awards on CBS, and the series finale of “Black Sails” on Starz and the season finale of “Big Little Lies” on HBO.

More TV


    'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' Renewed for Season 2 at Disney Plus

    It may not have even premiered yet, but Disney Plus has handed out a second season renewal for “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” Inspired by the “High School Musical” movies, the series was created and is executive produced by Tim Federle, and stars Olivia Rodrigo, Joshua Bassett, Matt Cornett, Sofia Wylie, Larry Saperstein, Julia [...]

  • Hailee Steinfeld Dickinson Premiere

    Hailee Steinfeld, Jane Krakowski on What Modern Women Can Learn from Emily Dickinson

    Emily Dickinson lived in the 1800’s, but if you ask the team behind Apple TV Plus’ upcoming series, “Dickinson,” her story is more current than ever. Hailee Steinfeld stars in the the modern-day retelling of the poet’s young life. The actress — who makes her first full-time foray into television with the role and also [...]

  • Mackenzie Davis Himesh Patel

    Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel to Star in 'Station Eleven' Series at HBO Max

    Mackenzie Davis and Himesh Patel have been cast in the lead roles of HBO Max’s upcoming “Station Eleven” series adaptation. The show is based on the book of the same name by Emily St. John Mandel. Described as a postapocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines, the series tells the stories of survivors of a devastating flu [...]


    How a Recurring Childhood Nightmare Inspired 'Living With Yourself'

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Living With Yourself,” streaming now on Netflix. When writer and producer Timothy Greenberg was a child, he used to have a recurring nightmare. In it, he was sitting at his family’s kitchen table when the doorbell would ring and suddenly he would feel terrified, [...]

  • Meghan Duchess of Sussex during a

    Meghan Markle on Media Scrutiny During Pregnancy: 'Not Many People Have Asked if I'm OK'

    Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, opened up about being a newlywed and first-time mother amidst media scrutiny in an interview with “ITV News at Ten” anchor Tom Bradby. Markle, along with her husband, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, were interviewed for the new documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey.” Markle, who addressed the [...]

  • Bless The Harts

    'Bless the Harts' Renewed for Season 2 at Fox

    “Bless the Harts” has scored an early second season renewal at Fox. This marks the first Season 2 renewal for a freshman show this season. The series has aired three episodes to date, with the fourth set to air this Sunday. The animated comedy hails from creator Emily Spivey and is loosely based on her [...]

  • Donald TrumpCNN Republican Presidential Debate, Las

    Trump Letter Threatens to Sue CNN; Network Calls It 'Desperate PR Stunt'

    An attorney for President Donald Trump has sent a letter to CNN that threatens to sue the AT&T-owned cable-news network for violating the Lanham Act and making misrepresentations to the public and advertisers about its content, but the network says the missive isn’t worth discussing. “This is nothing more than a desperate PR stunt and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content