'The Walking Dead' ratings dip for Sunday night's episode

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. 

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Written by: mcpherson
Feb 19th, 2013, 1:06 pm

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Message Posted On Feb 20th, 2013, 4:52 am

The Walking Dead is not a fast paced action show, and it very rarely used to use instant scares, but rather slow and creepy scenes and lots of dialog with interesting characters like Dale, Shane and so forth.

It's seemingly changing a bit though over the seasons, which is a bit of a shame, especially when we've suddenly gotten to the point where we're demanding action or otherwise calling it a slow and dull episode, like Sam is referring to with "incredibly mediocre" in this case.

A season takes time to get into. I'm not much for mid-season-breaks at all, but I definitely don't think mid-season premieres should have to be something way above the average and general episode of said season either. It's a show you enjoy, otherwise I'm guessing you wouldn't watch it, so enjoy the entirety of it, not just the fast paced action scenes and hypes surrounding premieres. There are other shows offering much more "action" than Walking Dead.

About the ratings. They're still amazing. Especially with more and more watching it one way or the other online as well. And it seems this could be an anticipated slightly slower week, as a show like Spartacus skipped it entirely by taking a break. So a bit of a dramatic headline, but oh well :)


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Message Posted On Feb 20th, 2013, 1:26 am

Anonymous is so cool and different!  


Message Posted On Feb 19th, 2013, 2:50 pm
I have a very bad habit of wanting the TV on while I go to sleep THE WALKING DEAD is the perfect show to use as a lullaby. Unless the creative team has something nail biting to offer for next week I would rather snooze off to infomercials.
Bob Smith

Message Posted On Feb 19th, 2013, 1:34 pm
I really didn’t think The Suicide King was all that slow of an episode. It wasn’t as fast paced as some would have liked, but it did do a lot in the way of character development. The Walking Dead is a great show, and because I work at DISH, I’ve tried to stay informed on all the products and services we offer, that’s why I purchased the Hopper DVR. I like how I can use my Hopper to record up to 6 shows, all at the same time. With so many of my favorite shows on all at once, I use this technology to help minimize DVR conflicts so that I won’t miss episodes of The Walking Dead.
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