The Walking Dead rebounded creatively on Sunday night, but its ratings didn't reflect it. After last week's incredibly mediocre midseason premiere, "The Suicide King," this week's "Home" brought the goods. The entire final act of the episode, despite the unbelievably bad aim of the characters, was one of the show's most satisfying sequences so far.
But apparently viewers had been scared off by the lagging pace of the previous episode, which had been more reminiscent of season 2's flaws than any of the others this season. While "The Suicide King" grabbed a series-high 12.26 million viewers, "Home" only got about 11 million. It got a 5.6 in the coveted 18-49 year old category, down from "The Suicide King's'" 6.1. It's important to note, though, that these are still massive numbers for any cable network, particularly AMC. Think what you will of the series, but people just can't stop watching it.
"Home" was still the second most-watched episode of the series ever, and it's unlikely that the series has peaked yet. We'll probably see another rise in ratings toward the end of this run of eight episodes, as the violence between Rick's group and Woodbury threatens to heat up. The title of the season finale, "Welcome to the Tombs," certainly forebodes a major battle coming up -- one that would put the one in "Home" to shame.
The Walking Dead airs its next episode, "I Ain't a Judas," next Sunday at 9/8c on AMC.