Live vs. Dead: SNL Special Took Big Bite Out of Walking Dead Audience

Walking Dead Ratings Drop

The Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special’s boffo audience had to come from somewhere, right?

Our sister site Deadline notes that while the second hour of NBC’s SNL special was delivering nearly 24 million total viewers and an 8.3 rating, TV heavyweight The Walking Dead drew 12.3 million and a 6.2, down 22 percent from its Season 5 midseason premiere the week prior.

That marks the mighty AMC series’ smallest audience since Season 4, Episode 8, “Too Far Gone,” the winter finale that concluded the prison arc.

All told, the current tally for SNL‘s three-hour-plus anniversary special is 23.1 mil/7.8.

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  1. Tran says:

    Don’t know if this wasn’t the first time TWD went down in numbers despite SNL’s huge boost for their 40th anniversary special.

  2. diane says:

    It was a boring episode.

  3. kmw says:

    Did anyone really see this coming? Even if it was a boring episode I thought it would still beat the SNL special. I wouldn’t worry too much, their ratings will be back next week

  4. Dave says:

    I believe that if the first episode of the season hadn’t been one of the worst in the series it wouldn’t have been as bad.

    • Dave says:

      One of the things that makes the show so good is that it makes something as outrageous as a zombie apocalypse feel real. When they go off on some artsy tangent with a bunch of flashing images it takes away from the feeling of reality.

  5. Ralph says:

    SNL was an “event” just as the Oscars will be. People will still watch The Dead, just during one of the many repeats or DVR. Just shows how fragmented and incorrect the “ratings” are. Add it ALL up and it will be the same.

  6. Keith says:

    The Walking Dead aired twice more that night after SNL.Real fans of the show didn’t miss it

  7. azu says:

    What was the total number after repeats and dvr’s

  8. Brigid says:

    I didn’t even watch SNL. Nothing will get in the way of TWD. Also, the episode was awesome! I love the character pieces, watching these people hit rock bottom and seeing what makes them continue on. This is the reason I watch this show.

  9. Sheila says:

    Can’t believe people are still intereted in SNL.