Viewership down for 'Walking Dead' debut

Markets Associated Press

"The Walking Dead" aired its 100th episode for its eighth season premiere the other night, although it wasn't necessarily cause for celebration at AMC.

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The Nielsen company said the show had 11.4 million viewers on Sunday night. That's down 33 percent from the 17 million who watched last fall's seventh season premiere.

AMC notes that last season's premiere was a cliffhanger episode that drew an unusual number of fans. Live television viewership is down across the board, especially among the younger viewers that are the biggest fans of "The Walking Dead."

But those numbers have to raise eyebrows over at AMC, particularly coming off a season that left some of the show's fans displeased.