Walkers, new villains, old habits that refuse to die, oh my! The Walking Dead: Dead City premiered on June 18 on AMC to extremely high viewership numbers.
How high are we talking? According to the following data from The Hollywood Reporter, the “premiere became the most watched drama series debut of 2023 on cable, based on same-day Nielsen ratings.”
Is this real?! Well in the same article, “Simulcasts on BBC America and IFC and a couple of replays pushed the first-night, on-air total to 1.12 million viewers. The premiere also gathered 283,000 viewers in AMC’s core demographic of adults 25-54 (and 449,000 including the other airings), also best among drama series debuts on cable this year.”
We’re both speechless and frankly angry all over again that anything in The Walking Dead Universe is ignored at multiple award shows, including the Emmys. Will The Walking Dead: Dead City become the show to finally bring home an Emmy, after years of neglect, for TWDU?
Will The Walking Dead: Dead City set the viewership stage for future spinoffs?
We’re getting ahead of ourselves. The high viewership numbers will probably surprise the doubters and naysayers, however the premiere episode truly set the stage for a new story in a very established world.
Negan and Maggie, regardless of how you feel about either of them, are extremely popular characters. The fact the two must work together to save Hershel in New York City from a psychotic man with connections to Negan, already tells us that this is going to become a television show on everyone’s mind for quite a while.
Will the high viewership numbers be the same for the upcoming Daryl Dixon spinoff scheduled to be released this fall? What of the also highly anticipated Rick and Michonne spinoff that recently wrapped filming?
Unless you have AMC+, the next episode of The Walking Dead: Dead City will be airing on June 25 on AMC. How will the 6-episode spinoff conclude, and will it leave room for a possible second season?
What did you think of the premiere of The Walking Dead: Dead City? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!