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Cancellation Watch: Fear the Walking Dead Returns Strong for its Fourth Season

19 April, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Janis Wilson
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"The Walking Dead" Season 8 finale rose week-to-week in the Nielsen ratings but still could not overcome the ratings declines that have plagued it for the past few seasons.

Madison may have her problems, but lack of affection for her children is not one of them (in fact, the biggest complaint about Madison through the first three seasons was how much she smothered her children).

Pulling in 7.9 million viewers, the April 15 "Wrath" episode that saw the All-Out War showdown between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the Survivors and villain Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his Saviors was down just over 30% from the Season 7 finale of April 2, 2017. With that said, there isn't any reason to doubt that "The Walking Dead" Season 9 will follow "A New Beginning" storyline from the comics.

Granted in today's rating climate where decline is the norm for nearly everyone except Game of Thrones, the Season 8 finale results are a continuation of a trend that started in Season 6 for TWD, with the double killing Season 7 opener as a notable exception.

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If "Dead" can no longer lay claim to being TV's highest-rated primetime program (NBC's "Sunday Night Football" leads the pack with a 6.1 in the 8-49 demo), it is still the No. 1 drama, topping Season 2 of the Peacock's "This Is Us".

Last night's season 4 premiere introduced two new main characters to the show. Season 4 of Fear The Walking Dead is on pace to be the most compelling and most cohesive season of the show yet.

On the bright side, the Season 4 premiere of "Fear the Walking Dead", which saw "Walking Dead" character Morgan Jones crossover into the sister series, was up in both measures from previous year. Some people think that Fear The Walking Dead may even rival The Walking Dead in both character development and storylines in season 4 and moving forward.

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