"The Walking Dead" Season 9 Premiere Becomes Lowest-Rated In Series History

Goldman Sachs downgraded AMC to a sell from a neutral rating late last week, and yesterday the stock fell more than 7% after the premiere numbers were released.

The premiere episode was seen by 6.1 million viewers - down 47 percent from last fall's season 8 return, which was seen by more than 11 million people. Morris retains his neutral rating on the company.

Specifically, its key 18-49 demographic had a historically low turnout, reportedly rating lower than any other season premiere in the series and tying with the lowest scoring rating of any episode of The Walking Dead in this demographic. These numbers make the season 9 opener stand as the lowest-rated premiere in the history of the series.

AMC also points to the fact that The Walking Dead season 9 premiere drove the single highest day of sign-ups to the network's commercial-free upgrade plan; an aspect suggesting that the show might be becoming a bigger draw to streaming viewers. Additionally, while its former status as top-rated series on Sundays was yielded to NBC's This is Us, it's still a close contest, since that show barely bested TWD with a 2.7 rating. It's also down almost 2 million viewers from April's Season 8 finale.

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The people who watched The Walking Dead's Season 9 premiere liked it, which is good news for AMC. If you signed up for the cabler's $5 a month 2017 launched AMC Premiere service this weekend you got access to "A New Beginning" a full day before it was played on the traditional small screen at 9 PM ET on October 7.

We may find out exactly how many fans that was later this week if AMC provide some of that AMC Premiere data with Live + 3 numbers.

Weeks after Telltale Games announced it would be laying off a majority of its staff, another studio has revealed that it will be finishing the final season of Telltale's The Walking Dead adventure game series. Hopefully, because that's a real new beginning.

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