AMC's "The Walking Dead" closed out the season with its lowest-rated finale since the show's inaugural campaign in 2010, scaring up 7.92 million viewers and a 3.4 rating in the advertiser-coveted demographic, which works out to around 4.4 million adults 18 to 49.
While the 70-minute capper eclipsed everything else on the tube Sunday nightTNT's live coverage of the Houston Rockets' 104-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA playoffs was a distant second with a 1.9 ratingthe audience deliveries didn't measure up to previous "Walking Dead" finales. Just a year ago, the show finished its seventh rotation in front of 11.3 million live-same-day viewers and a 5.4 rating, which adjusted down to a 5.0 upon application of the C3 currency.
Over the course of its 16-episode arc, Season 8 averaged 7.82 million viewers and a 3.4 in the demo, which marked a 31 percent decline in overall deliveries compared with last season's 11.4 million viewers and a 37 percent drop versus the year-ago 5.4 rating. This was also the lowest-rated season of "The Walking Dead" since the show's six-episode first flight ran in fall 2010.