The total viewership of the "The Walking Dead" was recorded with a remarkable start from the premiere of season 7. It has been the second-highest rated episode in the show's history with more than 17 million viewers, according to Comicbook. However, the number of "The Walking Dead" viewers have declined for the last couple of episodes. The second episode was recorded with 12.5 million viewers, while the third and fourth episode dropped to 11.72 and 11.4 million viewers, making a 35 percent decline in total viewership. The fifth episode of the season entitled "Go Getters" was recorded as the show's lowest viewership since Season 3, with less than 11 million viewers.

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Reasons why 'The Walking Dead' is losing their viewers

The decline of "The Walking Dead" viewers is something that the producers should take into consideration. One of the main reasons why the show is losing its viewers is because the fans are still coping with the brutal murder of two of its main characters, Glenn and Abraham. Glenn was part of the show from the start and it is not acceptable that he was killed in a brutal way. On the other hand, Abraham just died paying the price for Rick's failure plan against the Saviors.

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The story line in the past episodes is also a contributing factor. "The Walking Dead" fans are not happy watching Rick and his group treated like slaves. It is also frustrating to watch Daryl, who was a fan-favorite character, being imprisoned and tortured by Negan's right hand, Dwight.

Another reason that affects viewership is the slow-paced episodes. These slow-paced episodes were done to introduce a new set of characters and places like Hilltop, Kingdom, and Alexandria.

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The viewers also noticed that in the past four episodes of the season, the show did not feature much of its main characters. The show just focused on introducing new characters and stories. Although these stories are needed to set a new conflict for the show, it only results in a lack of interests of the viewers for watching the show. The viewers are more interested in how Rick and his group will work together to defeat their greatest enemy Negan.

Further reasons

Slow-paced episodes were done to introduce a new set of characters and places like Hilltop, Kingdom, and Alexandria. The viewers noticed that in the past four episodes, the show did not feature much of its main characters. It just focused on introducing new characters and stories. Although these stories are needed to set a new conflict for the show, it only results in a lack of interest. The viewers are more interested in how Rick and his group will work together to defeat their greatest enemy Negan.

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Not all viewers have the desire to abandon the show. Many viewers observed that the slow-paced episodes are actually good as it gives an inside look at what happening in the characters' lives. The world that the characters are currently living now provides an interesting option for the fans to become more excited about watching the show aside from just watching the killing of zombies. Furthermore, "The Walking Dead" is still the most-watched series on Sunday nights and there are still a million of viewers waiting for an action packed episodes.

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For sure, all of these episodes would come in the right time.

"The Walking Dead" airs every Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.

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