CBM reports that Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead hit a series low, getting only a 2.0 in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4.9 million viewers. The show's previous low came in the first season where it experienced 2.4 in the key demo.
According to Independent.co.uk, the synopsis for episode five reads: 'Rick is forced to face the past as he struggles to maintain the safety of the communities and protect the future he and Carl envisioned'.
"The Bridge" also drew in just 4.9 million total viewers, a 20 percent drop from the (already down) season premiere, and just 200,000 higher than the all-time low of 4.7 million, also set back in Season 1. The latest season will continue with its third episode next weekend.
Following back-to-back solid episodes, The Walking Dead has found itself in a nice groove to begin season nine. It was down approximately 50% in the key demo [2.5 million] and 47% in total viewers [6.08 million] compared to the season eight opener. For one thing, the show is competing with juggernauts like Sunday Night Football right now, which means some viewers will put off watching it until the next day.
A recent Reddit AMA was hosted by Ian Howe, CEO of Skybound Games, and Telltale Games's Kent Mudle, who is the Creative Director for The Walking Dead: The Final Season.
The Walking Dead might not be going anywhere anytime soon, but neither are its ratings woes.