“WALKER” RIDES OFF WITH THE CW’S MOST WATCHED SERIES PREMIERE IN 5 YEARS
“Walker” Rustles Up The Largest Audience of Any Premiere on The CW Since Season Four Debut of “The Flash” in 2017
“Walker” Delivers The CW’s Best Total Viewership in Thursday 8pm Time Period Since 2016
January 22, 2021 (Burbank, CA) – The CW’s new drama WALKER scored the network’s largest audience for a new series premiere (2.43million) since the debut of DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW five years ago (1/21/2016). Additionally, WALKER earned the largest audience for any premiere on The CW since the fourth season debut of THE FLASH on 10/10/17.
Last night’s WALKER debut saw The CW best total viewer delivery in the Thursday 8:00-9:00pm time period since just over four years (since 12/01/2016), and the single most watched episode of any show on the network since 1/30/18.
WALKER saw its total audience grow at the 8:30pm half hour (2.444million v. 2.417million) and retained 100% of its viewership in key demos from 8:00pm to 8:30pm.
MICKI IS PUT FRONT AND CENTER ON A NEW CASE – Micki (Lindsey Morgan) is uncomfortable with the spotlight Captain James (Coby Bell) puts on her during a current investigation. Walker (Jared Padalecki) talks to Liam (Keegan Allen) about their parents and learns there was trouble while he was away. Trey (Jeff Pierre) applies for a new job in town while Stella (Violet Benson) starts community service and August (Kale Culley) stumbles upon some secrets from his father’s time away undercover. The episode was written by April Fitzsimmons and directed by John T. Kretchmer (#104). Original airdate 2/11/2021.Source: CW
Walker 1.01 Pilot screencaps (1080p logofree) featuring Lindsey as Micki Ramirez have been added to the gallery. Previews and links are available below:
Lindsey spoke about her upcoming role in Walker with ET Online.
Helping Cordell on that journey is his new partner, Micki Ramirez, who very much keeps him on his toes and levels up in wit, toughness, street smarts and intelligence.
“I felt very close to this character, who she was in her core and how she’s grown up in these worlds and had the experiences that she had with racism and sexism, especially growing up in Texas. That’s a big plight of hers and her story felt very personal to my story and I loved how much of a pioneer she was,” Morgan tells ET. “She’s so fearless in breaking new ground and being a crusader of who she is and what she embodies and single-handedly trying to change law enforcement in the state of Texas, where it can be very divided. But I see her as a liaison to all kinds of communities and she’s hoping to create change within the greater sphere of Texas and law enforcement and society by being that middle person and hopefully bringing two different perspectives that weren’t seeing eye-to-eye together and finding a more tolerant ground to live on. To me, that felt like such a beautiful purpose and beautiful cause.”
Morgan also offered a glimpse into Micki’s working dynamic with Cordell, calling them evenly matched Texas Rangers.
“I love their dynamic. It’s not the same run of the mill where you have two new partners where either they hate each other at first and then fall in love or they’re instantly attracted to each other and it’s romance from the start. I love that they’re two different people who very much have their own agenda and their own lives and they’re being forced together. But because they’re together, they’re learning so much about themselves by meeting the other person and by seeing the other person and by learning from that other person,” she said. “I feel Walker brings out a little more out of Micki than she is allowing herself to be. Micki feels restrained at work and she has to be a certain type of way. She feels like she has to be completely by the book and she has to be always toeing the line because she has a lot on the line by being one of the first women, first Latina and Mexican American members on the force.”
Source: ET Online
MATT BARR GUEST STARS AS WALKER’S CHILDHOOD BEST FRIEND – Walker’s (Jared Padalecki) life gets more complicated when his childhood best friend, Hoyt Rawlins (guest star Matt Barr), returns to town. Abeline (Molly Hagan) is thrilled to have Hoyt home but Geri (guest star Odette Annable) has conflicted feelings for her ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, Micki (Lindsey Morgan) has her suspicions about the real reason Hoyt returned to town. The episode was written by Seamus Kevin Fahey and directed by Randy Zisk (#103).
Lindsey spoke about her upcoming role in Walker at the CW’s Virtual Panel on 15 January 2021.
Morgan added, “When I signed onto this show, it was pre the BLM movement, pre-Covid, and pre-everything. While I was waiting for the show to begin, the world begun to drastically change, and I feel like the show that I had spoken to Anna about prior, was also changing with it. It became this unexpected blessing. Suddenly a show about law enforcement in a very divided state such as Texas means so much more now in our world today than it would have pre-2020.”
“From my position, and the character I play, a big obstacle and learning challenge I face daily is where do I fit as a Mexican woman in a majority Caucasian law enforcement team, in a state that is, for the history of it, has been conservative and not caring too much about marginalizing communities and immigrants. I love that my character is placed in these two worlds, and these two warring communities and hoping to be a liaison, and hoping we can tell a story of tolerance — from two perspectives. And, also, not a story of which side is right. But this is where we are, and this is who we are, and what are we doing about it next,” explained Morgan.
A new Walker 1.01 Pilot episode still featuring Lindsey as Micki Ramirez has also been added to the gallery. Previews and links are available below:
WALKER TRIES TO RECONNECT WITH HIS CHILDREN – Walker (Jared Padalecki) continues to try to reconnect with his family but finds that his kids have developed new routines with Liam (Keegan Allen). Back at work, Captain James (Coby Bell) tells Walker he needs to get recertified to be a Ranger, but old memories of Emily (guest star Genevieve Padalecki) hinder his progress. Micki (Lindsey Morgan) investigates a suspicious fire. The episode was written by Anna Fricke and directed by Steve Robin (#102). Original airdate 1/28/2021.