With the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead in two short weeks, here’s a question for the TWD Family: How do you watch The Walking Dead?
If you’ve been following the news about a supposed ratings struggle for The Walking Dead (don’t worry, there is no ratings struggle, but people like to pretend there is), one of the more confusing aspects of the conversation is all of the different numbers associated with ratings these days, and how there are ratings released the day after the show airs and another set released a few days later.
Undead Walking’s resident ratings guru Sonya Iryna broke down the ratings jargon when The Walking Dead premiered in the fall, explaining all the different ways the ratings are calculated. There are different ways to calculate ratings because there are so many ways to watch the show.
That brings me to my question for the TWD Family: How do you watch The Walking Dead?
We all know television is changing. You can watch live television, you can DVR a show to watch later, you can stream it, or you can wait and watch it after the season wraps up so you have a nice little binge fest to look forward to. I’m curious how you watch the show.
In my case, I watch the show via the AMC live stream, which means that I’m watching it at 6pm on the West Coast and I have to wait until 9pm PT for my family and friends to watch it on television. If I miss the live stream, I have to stay away from social media until 9pm Pacific Time to avoid spoilers. My mom tends to record the show and watch it later, while my sister will watch the episode via AMC later in the week.
Not only do The Walking Dead fans have to deal with time zones, but there’s also the delay in airdates in the UK and other countries.
With so many ways to watch, and with our busy lives and hectic schedules, many people don’t watch the show live (we’ll call “live” the first airing on the East Coast) and many people don’t watch on television. They’re watching on phones, laptops, tablets, and computers. Watching it as it airs isn’t a huge priority because your favorite show is always there waiting for the moment when you’re ready to watch.
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Television viewership is definitely changing and the way we watch our favorite shows is changing with it. So how do you enjoy The Walking Dead? Let us know in the comments section!