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‘Walking Dead’ suffers worst midseason premiere ratings in show’s history

“The Walking Dead” suffered its lowest ratings Sunday, during the midseason premiere.

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“The Walking Dead” suffered its lowest season premiere ratings in the history.

Nielsen Live + Same Day reported the AMC drama, who is in his eighth season, had a 3.6 ratings in adults 18-49 with 8.3 million viewers on Sunday. The numbers indicate the lowest season premiere in the history, Variety reported.

However, viewership was slightly out of the show in December midseason finale, which earned a 3.4 reviews in adults, and 7.9 million total viewers.

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Even with dreary mid-season premiere numbers, the popular zombie killing drama remained the top show on television Sunday. The episode of beat the Pyeongchang Olympics closing ceremony on NBC, according to Deadline.

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This is the second time that the show beat the Olympic games. In 2014, the fourth season premiere of “The Walking Dead” had a higher valuation than the closing ceremony of the Sochi Games.

“The Walking Dead” has suffered a ratings decline that some critics attributed to the bloody turn the show took in its seventh season.

Negan, played by Jeffery Dean Morgan, opened the seventh season with a barbed wire wrapped baseball bat left two fan-favorite characters bloodied to a pulp. The very bloody scene attracted the attention of the Parents Television Council, which slammed AMC for violence.

Viewership declined in the seventh season with its premiere high of 17 million viewers, dropping to 10.6 million viewers by the season finale.

It remains to be seen whether the eighth season, can bounce back from the low middle season opener.

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