How do the ratings for “Home Sweet Home” stack up against Sunday’s competition? Full analysis of viewer numbers for The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 17.
The Walking Dead’s Season 10 ratings are officially in the books for the week of February 28, 2020 courtesy of ShowBuzzDaily. TWD bonus episode “Home Sweet Home” did marginally better than Season 10’s Finale “A Certain Doom”
The much hyped Maggie Greene focused episode scored a 2.89 rating for AMC in comparison to the conclusion of The Whisperer saga, which scored a 2.73. “Home Sweet Home” also raked in a 0.92 score in the coveted 18-49 demographic, the highest for any program on Sunday.
In terms of returns after long layoffs, “Squeeze” Season 10B’s midseason premiere scored a 3.52 rating on February 23, 2020. While The Walking Dead Season 10A premiere scored a 4.00 rating on October 6, 2019.
You’re looking at a little over than 1 million lost TWD viewers give or take since 2019. And viewership for any TV series typically declines throughout the course of a season barring a major celebrity making a cameo.
However, the bonus episode still reigned king for Sunday night against its competitors. Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart was actually TWD’s toughest competition at the 9:00 pm time slot with a 2.17 rating.
Overall, The Walking Dead only lagged behind Fox News’ coverage of CPAC (5.73) for the night. Even handily defeating the NBA’s Lakers/Warriors game (1.65) in terms of popular mainstream competition.
The Walking Dead Season 10 ratings vs Fear the Walking Dead, World Beyond
The Walking Dead’s mainline show led by Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride is still trouncing the TWD spinoffs. Fear the Walking Dead season 6 started with a 1.59 and its last aired episode received a 1.09 for its midseason finale.
Meanwhile, The Walking Dead: World Beyond premiered with a 1.60 rating and eventually went under a million viewers. Scoring a 0.62 rating for its Season 1 finale.
World Beyond has already been announced for a final second season, which means AMC executives took notice.
The Walking Dead’s highest ratings still fly under the original’s banner. It’s likely The Walking Dead’s Daryl and Carol spinoff will fare better than both Fear and World Beyond.
Not to mention, The Walking Dead’s mainline series will have concluded by then with season 11.
In general, interest appears to be waning a bit for the zombie apocalypse. To be expected for any series after over 10 years on TV. It will likely be rejuvenated when the Rick Grimes films arrive, bringing many lost fans back into the fold.
Lauren Cohan’s return to a larger role on the series might also have some nostalgic casual fans taking another look next season if played right. Less utilization of Maggie to build/halo new characters as the show heads into its curtain call season. More focus on rebuilding what fans loved about Maggie Green in the first place. Not simply retelling the past and what has happened since in conversation ala Daryl and Maggie.
In contrast, the prospective direction for Jeffrey Dean Morgan with his own soon-to-release Negan episode is the correct one. It will show you Negan’s missing story instead of telling you about it. A clear attempt to reconnect with lost Negan fans. Time to scale things down to the basics a bit away from a larger universe.
In reality, fans just need one character they connect with to watch a series every week. Not 100 communities and groups of characters they never really get to know.
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