The Strolling Lifeless hit a brand new scores low with final Sunday’s Whisperer-targeted episode ‘Omega’. (Minor spoilers comply with.)
As I famous in my evaluate, it was a reasonably lame episode with a couple of good moments. Apparently it wasn’t ok to reel in audiences. Based on The Hollywood Reporter:
The episode averaged simply four.fifty four million viewers and a 1.7 score within the 18-forty nine demographic, off 12 % in viewers and 15 % within the demo from its midseason premiere the earlier week.
The Strolling Lifeless‘s earlier low in viewers was four.seventy one million for its second-ever episode in November 2010. Its worst 18-forty nine efficiency earlier than Sunday got here earlier in season 9, with a 1.eight for the Nov. 18, 2018 episode.
Season 9 of The Strolling Lifeless has been fairly good (final Sunday excluded) however there is no denying that the present has modified over the previous few seasons. Only a few of the unique forged stay. The story has shifted from one a few group of survivors all the time on the transfer, to a gaggle of communities all the time dealing with some new menace.
Identical to the static characters, the present finds itself in an countless droop and viewers are shedding like a lot lifeless pores and skin. What we’ve left is the corpse of a as soon as immensely common present.
Extra than simply scores, nevertheless, the present is not inspiring the extent of engagement it as soon as did. As an example, I used to internet anyplace from 200 to 500 thousand views on every of my Strolling Lifeless evaluations. One even reached over seven hundred,000. Posts concerning the present and its massive character deaths and different huge moments, theories and so on. used to garner comparable ranges of visitors.
Nowadays, my evaluations do the identical and even much less visitors than evaluations for Vikings. We’re speaking anyplace between 20,000 and 50,000 per evaluation, if that. Sometimes they will pop a bit extra, however even the episode the place Rick “died” solely pulled in one hundred forty,000 hits, which was about what the midseason finale evaluation did as properly. My evaluate of final weekend’s episode has achieved about 24,000 and acquired only a few feedback on Fb.
Viewers aren’t simply tuning out, they’ve stopped caring. Individuals simply aren’t as engaged with this present anymore. And it is no marvel after the large artistic bungles perpetrated in Seasons 7 and eight. That was a few of the worst tv I’ve ever watched, and regardless of how a lot better Season 9 is that stain is everlasting. It is exhausting sufficient to maintain audiences invested in a present that is gone on 9 seasons, however once you’ve killed off a lot of the good characters, screwed up the final 32 episodes and haven’t any finish in sight, nicely, what do you anticipate?
The Strolling Lifeless is not lifeless but, nevertheless it’s time for a mercy killing. Season 10 is already confirmed, however AMC must make it the final season. They want an finish-recreation. Then, by all means, make some new spin-offs. Give us new characters, new settings, new struggles. Perhaps wait a pair years in order that it is accomplished proper and never a rush job to fill in a scores void.
I might like to see an entire reboot of The Strolling Lifeless, truly. An animated present can be nice. There’s a lot of life left on this IP. Simply not on this present. The Strolling Lifeless is rather like its shambling monsters: a corpse, shuffling alongside on its final legs, begging for a knife to the cranium.
Let’s put it out of its distress.