'The Walking Dead' Season 8 Finale Nets Lowest Ratings Since Season 1

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No one's going to start writing an obituary for The Walking Dead any time soon but compared to past years Sunday's Season 8 finale was nearly the least watched finale the AMC zombie apocalypse series has ever had. Be sure to follow the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for the latest results and to stay tuned as we approach the countdown to season end in May. But according to Deadline, it made for the lowest-rated finale since the show's first.

Now that the season 8 finale has aired, fans are going to have a ton of questions running through their heads.

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Over the course of its 16-episode arc, Season 8 averaged 7.82 million viewers and a 3.4 in the demo, which marked a 31 percent decline in overall deliveries compared with last season's 11.4 million viewers and a 37 percent drop versus the year-ago 5.4 rating.

As much as ratings erosion is about as inevitable and inescapable as the Big Dirt Nap, fans of "The Walking Dead" have no reason to fear that it's in any danger of disappearing from AMC's schedule. Even taking into account the fans who might have ventured out of Sunday to watch the season ender in cinemas on the big screen, that's a 42% drop in the demo from the Season 7 "The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life" finale of previous year. The ending of the season premiere certainly set the Clark family (along with Strand and Luciana) up as antagonists to the newest members of Fear the Walking Dead, but there is little indication that they're playing The Whisperers, a group that disguises itself by wearing the skin of zombies. He's since collected up as many comics, statues, and autographed material related to movies and music that he can get his hands on. One of his largest works on the topic is a study on the portrayals of people with disabilities in horror films.