The ratings for AMC’s The Walking Dead are at series low levels and continue to slip, but there was no real doubt that the show would be getting renewed. And the network has confirmed that with a tweet on the show’s official Twitter account announcing that Season 10 will debut in October. That news comes as no surprise despite that fact that the show’s ratings are down by forty percent from last year and at the lowest levels since the series began. But despite its ratings woes, TWD is still the top-rated scripted show on cable and among the the highest rated shows on all of television. I had assumed that a tenth season was pretty much a given and I believe that it will likely stick around beyond that. The network is still invested in the franchise and will likely let the main series air through at least a twelfth season if not more. It’s possible that they could look at wrapping it up at that point and perhaps replacing it with another spin-off. The network also has plans for at least three movies focusing on Rick Grimes after he was separated from the group and Fear the Walking Dead is due back for its fifth season later this year. The franchise has been showing some fatigue the last few years, but it is still a money-maker for the network and will remain a staple on AMC’s schedule for a while yet.
The Walking Dead went through a bit of a reboot earlier this season as it jumped ahead several years to show what had come of Alexandria, Hilltop, and the Kingdom after Rick Grimes was no longer one of the leaders of the survivors. The show stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Khary Payton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and is based on the comic book by Robert Kirkman.
The TCAs are going on currently when the networks talk with the critics about their current and upcoming schedules, and perhaps we will finally hear word on the AMC shows Into the Badlands and Humans which are currently in limbo. Be sure to stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for breaking news as well as the latest ratings results.