The first episode of season 9 of The Walking Dead has had the show’s worst rating ever.
The series returned for its 9th season this weekend in the US and though the critical reception to the episode was positive, fewer people watched than the previous seasons.
Vulture has reported that only 6.1 million people tuned in to watch the season premiere, which is around half of the figure that watched the season 8 opening.
This is the worst record for any of the show’s premieres and has beaten the previous record holder, the 2010 season premiere.
The Walking Dead is based on the long-running comic book series and stars Andrew Lincoln as a former sheriff who has to lead his family and friends through a zombie apocalypse.
This season is set to be Lincoln’s last, with the actor quitting to take on new roles.
Co-star Norman Reedus is set to take over from the British actor as the main character, with Daryl being a fan favourite.
The last two seasons of The Walking Dead have been dominated by a war between Rick Grimes and villain Negan, played by Jeffery Dean-Morgan.
The Walking Dead is available to watch on FX in the UK and you can catch up with the first 7 seasons on Amazon Prime Video now.
Source: AV Club