The Walking Dead season 8 finale ratings were the show's lowest since season 1

Has The Walking Dead officially jumped the shark? Well, we already had our suspicions, and our reasons for them, but now the figures have spoken to say the same.

Because, according to Variety, The Walking Dead‘s season eight finale was one of the show’s most disappointing yet, beating only the first season’s finale (which drew in 6 million viewers) and losing almost 3.5 million since season seven’s conclusion.

And that’s not exactly a good sign.

Despite painting a relatively gloomy picture, the US viewing figures shouldn’t be considered a death knell for The Walking Dead as we start to look forward to season nine – some improvements on audience numbers can be accounted for, after all.

In the Nielsen ratings for Sunday’s (April 15) finale, it’s believed that 7.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the show live, which is an increase of 18% over its preceding episode.

And despite ranking seventh out of eighth in TWD‘s most-watched finale rankings, it’s reported that this series’ conclusion was still the highest-rated programme of the night.

Hey, we’ve got to hold on to something.

Following season eight’s climax, ‘Wrath’, fans were left feeling pretty cold about its very uncharacteristic twist, with some even saying they felt “betrayed” by the show.

‘What a lousy finale’, one fan vented on Twitter, while another suggested that it had been the drama’s most “anticlimactic” ending yet.

And let’s not even get started on the whole blue hair thing.

The Walking Dead airs on AMC on Sundays at 9/8c in the US, and on FOX and NOW TV on Mondays at 9pm in the UK.

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