The Walking Dead season 9 had the lowest rated premiere ever

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Weeks after Telltale Games announced it would be laying off a majority of its staff, another studio has revealed that it will be finishing the final season of Telltale's The Walking Dead adventure game series.

The Walking Dead has been steadily heading downhill for a while now.

Sunday's season nine premiere of the AMC zombie drama drew a 2.5 key demo rating and 6.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen data as reported by Variety, marking the lowest-rated premiere in The Walking Dead's history. The previous low number belonged to the 2010 series premiere, which stood with a 2.7 rating. It's also a 51% free-fall from what the series based on Robert Kirkman's comics drew for the Season 8 opener in the demo arena it has dominated for ages.

The Season 9 opener was down a whopping 50% versus the Season 8 premiere in terms of ratings, and 47% in total viewers-the Season 8 premiere drew in 11.4 million viewers a year ago. In comparison, the Season 8 premiere brought in 11.44 million viewers.

Though these numbers show a stark downward trend for AMC, its Premiere online subscription service had its biggest single day for new signups after the premiere episode was made available a full day prior to its televised debut.

Players who have pre-ordered the standard edition of Overkill's The Walking Dead should find a code waiting in their inbox, while those who purchased the deluxe edition will be given four codes for themselves and a trio of buddies to partake in the survival horror action. Besides an 18-month time jump, the nascent season 9 storyline is clearly gearing up for the imminent exits of stars Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan, continuing the intriguing arc of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's imprisoned big bad, Negan, while heralding the arrival of the frightening new group of antagonists in the predatory, walker-skin-mask-wearing group known as The Whisperers, led by Alpha (Samantha Morton) and Beta (Ryan Hurst).

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