Even though The Walking Dead faced some stiff competition from The Oscars last Sunday night, the AMC zombie show continued to hold strong in the ratings.
The Walking Dead’s ratings for the latest episode “Hostiles and Calamities” couldn’t quite beat The Oscars but it still won the top-rated spot in cable ratings for the week. “Hostiles And Calamities” had 10.4 million live views. As usual Talking Dead was the second highest rated show on Sunday night.
The previous week’s episode, “New Best Friends” went on to pick up another four million views in the +3 ratings. It finished the week with 15 million views after the live views and +3 views were counted.
That continues The Walking Dead season 7’s streak of averaging 15 million views per episode once the live views, +3 views and +7 views are counted. So critics who proclaimed that “Hostiles And Calamities” low numbers for Sunday live views are once again jumping the gun proclaiming the show is edging towards ratings death.
Even though “Hostiles And Calamities” had the second lowest live view numbers this season it was facing competition from The Oscars which traditionally draw off a lot of the live views from The Walking Dead. Since the show consistently picks up about four million views in +3 viewing the numbers for“Hostiles And Calamities” should increase dramatically once the extended views are counted.
There is a lot of buzz for the next new episode of the show, “Say Yes” that airs this Sunday. Previews show an episode centered on Rick and Michonne out looking for guns to give to The Scavengers. Fans are looking forward to seeing one of the best couples on the show out doing what they do best – scavenging and fighting walkers together.
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“Hostiles And Calamities” centered around Eugene trying to survive at The Sanctuary. It also told the backstory of Dwight and Sherry. Negan surprised everyone by killing Dr. Carson.
And Eugene surprised no one by declaring his allegiance to The Saviors. Eugene has shown in the past that he will do whatever it takes to stay alive. That includes becoming one of The Saviors.
Is Eugene still secretly loyal to the survivors and to Rick? Fans might have to wait a few episodes to find out. As The Walking Dead barrels toward the season finale there are some other character driven episodes coming up. The communities are preparing for war. So it will probably be a couple more episodes until fans see Eugene again.
The next few episodes should see an even bigger increase in the ratings. As everyone waits anxiously for All Out War to start interest will be even higher than usual.
The Walking Dead is known for big season ending cliffhangers. But after the outcry over last season’s finale cliffhanger they might change things up this season. It would be nice to see the season end with a victory for the survivors. After the tough season they’ve had they, and fans, need that.