‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7: Winter is Coming, Why Ratings Are Crashing Down?

By Hyvie Lewis, Posted: 11/28/16 05:21PM EST

"The Walking Dead" remains to be the top viewed shows on Sunday nights, but it's been noted that the total viewership for season 7 episodes was dwindling down every week, by quite a large margin.

The show put up quite a number of viewers on the episode premiere of its seventh season as 17 million tuned in to see who Negan's victims were after the season 6 cliffhanger, Forbes reported. It became the second-highest rated episode in the show's history.

The episodes afterward, though, are another story. Episode 2 dropped to 12.4 million views while the succeeding third to fifth episodes crashed down to six million lower than the episode premiere viewership.

So why the crashing numbers of views, despite it being one of the top fan-favorite shows since season 1?

One of the foremost reasons, apparently, is the resolve of fans quitting the show, in earlier seasons they don't usually mean it, but this time evidently, they are keeping their promises.

The gruesome eye-popping pilot episode of the current season might have influenced a lot of the viewers to abandon the show. The brutal and heartbreaking death of Glenn and Abraham, characters whom fans are so much attached to, is just too much to handle.

It seems like after the hated-villain Governor, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) has won the crown, being the most hated of all time, and his portrayal was so effective that fans no longer are enamored with the show.

The plot and the storyline on the past episodes, though, may be the contributing factor on the dwindling views. The six different episodes of the season happening in different locations, the show has just spread itself absurdly.  

The show's enthusiasts find every succeeding episode chaotic as different stories are told simultaneously with poor plotting.

The stories may be necessary to get the show where it needs to be but 'The Walking Dead' is on the verge of losing the majority of its audience and something must be done. Hopefully, the remaining episodes will get the fans interested and excited again.

"The Walking Dead" Season 7 airs on AMC every Sunday, 9 PM ET.

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