that would be interesting to know the demographic. From what I've seen of the comics (I don't read them either) there is nothing in them that actively entices me to read them vs. the show. Like GOT I feel the TV medium has done a much better job at presenting the story than book/comic. I tried to read GOT, but it was just not doing it for me. I think my issue with the comics is I don't like the artwork. Either faction has their die hards. Something tells me there is a slight majority of the viewers are like myself, ones who didn't read the comics. If 'fans' reacted to glenn's death unfavorably previously when they kinda hinted it in the 6th season, those who got all mad about it obviously didn't know he dies in the comics. That to me tells me, tv fans vs. comic fans. They'll get mad at the show not following the comics more than if a certain character is killed or killed in different way, such as Abraham was (from what I gather).It was a tricky decision....they heard the fans revolt when they tried killing Glenn the first time.
But I imagine doing it this way...with it being inline with the comic at least satisfies some.
And I acknowledge it's a tightrope to walk to try to stay true to the comics but at the same time build your own story.
I don't read the comics, so any reference to them I always have to search the internet for.
I wonder if AMC has ever done a survey asking viewers whether they have read the comics or not...what % of the viewers are on each side of that.