The zombie drama's popularity might have peaked, but it's not fading

By James Hibberd
Updated February 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST
Credit: Gene Page/AMC

The Walking Dead has lost some of its audience horde.

While Sunday’s season 6 midseason return delivered all the high-stakes intensity that fans crave from the zombie drama, the show’s numbers slipped a little from last year. The episode delivered 13.7 million viewers and a 6.8 rating among adults 18–49, slipping about 12 percent in total viewers from last February’s fifth season return.

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Still, that’s the biggest adult demo rating for a scripted series so far this year, so TWD is still doing just fine. While the AMC hit no longer seems to be posting record ratings every season like its first four years (in other words, its popularity may have peaked), it’s also not on some harsh bell curve decline either.

For more, here’s a post-premiere interview and our TWD recap.

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The Walking Dead

AMC's zombie thriller, based on the classic comic book serial created by Robert Kirkman.

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