The Season 7 finale of The Walking Dead aired on Sunday (April 2), and drew the lowest finale ratings since Season 2 aired back in 2012, according to Nielsen data (via Variety).
The finale posted a 5.4 rating and 11.3 million viewers, matching the per episode averages for Season 7 in both measures. The numbers are just above the Season 2 finale (4.7, 9 million), but below the Season 3 finale (6.4, 12.4 million).
Furthermore, Season 7’s finale was down significantly from the Season 6 finale (6.9, 14.2 million) — approximately 20 percent in total viewers. It was also much lower than the season opener, which revealed who was killed by Negan in the cliffhanger ending from Season 6.
Although ratings have dipped, The Walking Dead was already renewed for an 8th season, ahead of the Season 7 premiere.
Season 8 is slated to premiere in October 2017.