It is common for television networks to implement a mid-season break for their popular TV shows. While it may be frustrating or annoying for viewers, there are some clear benefits for the network. One might think that the network risks losing viewers during a long hiatus but this is generally not the case. Loyal fans are happy to return after a break to see how the season unfolds.
As with any industry, television is a business. It boils down to money and ratings. Viewers are very busy during the holiday season and tend to skip even their most favorite TV shows. Football often rules the ratings during the holidays. Even a show as popular as “The Walking Dead” does not want to compete with the holiday madness. Temporary loss of viewers during this time would lower ratings and therefore lower advertising dollars for the network. Having spilt seasons gives the network an opportunity to retain their high ratings. This is why they take a break through December and January.
AMC tends to end the mid-season with a dramatic finale. They always give viewers a reason to return when the season resumes. For loyal fans who may become impatient, “The Walking Dead” writers go to great lengths to make it well worth the wait. AMC did slip and release a spoiler on social media outlets during the season 5 mid-season finale. This created a huge outpour of anger amongst some fans.The network swiftly apologized for the leak and most fans accepted it as an accident.