The Season Premiere Of ‘The Walking Dead’ Was A Ratings Bonanza
Nearly 17 million people watched the season premiere of “The Walking Dead.”
On Sunday, the seventh season of the zombie apocalypse series premiered and averaged an 8.4 rating in Nielsen’s metered markets — making it the number one show on broadcast and cable that night, according to Deadline. The rating was 22 percent higher than the sixth season’s finale.
“The Walking Dead” handily defeated Sunday Night Football.
Many fans criticized the show’s premiere because it showed an extreme amount of violence.
The Parents TV Council said it was “one of the most graphically violent shows we’ve ever seen on television, comparable to the most violent of programs found on premium cable networks.” (RELATED: The Third ‘Thursday Night Football’ Game Saw An Increase In Ratings)
The director, Greg Nicotero, defended the show’s violence.
“In this instance, we felt that it was important to launch us into this season by showing the extent of what Negan is capable of doing,” Nicotero said.
“Because that drives so much of where the series is going from here on in. And the opportunity to then start introducing the new world and new characters and intertwining all that. It’s graphic and it’s horrible and while we were designing the make-ups and testing the make-ups and shooting the make-ups, we wanted to push it a little bit.”