Cable Top 25: 'The Walking Dead' Tops Cable Viewership for the Week Ending February 24, 2013

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February 26th, 2013


The Walking Dead topped cable viewership for the week with 11.014 million viewers. Pawn Stars was the second most-viewed original program with 5.013 million viewers.

Rank Shows Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000)
1 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun 09:00P-10:01P 11014
2 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:31P-11:02P 5013
3 PAWN STARS HIST Mon 10:00P-10:31P 4855
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 4818
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4674
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:04P 4493
7 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri 08:00P-10:02P 4464
8 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4387
9 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Tue 09:30P-10:00P 4324
10 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:30A-11:00A 4162
11 SWAMP PEOPLE HIST Thu 09:00P-10:00P 4092
12 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 10:00A-10:30A 4061
13 AUSTIN & ALLY DSNY Sun 08:30P-09:00P 4029
14 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Tue 09:00P-09:30P 3898
15 LRC 13 ACADEMY AWARDS PT2 EN Sun 07:30P-08:30P 3767
16 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN    L ESPN Tue 07:00P-09:25P 3733
17 LRC 13 ACADEMY AWARDS PT1 EN Sun 05:30P-07:30P 3725
18 SHAKE IT UP DSNY Sun 09:00P-09:30P 3725
19 SPONGEBOB NICK Sat 09:30A-10:00A 3712
20 DRAKE & JOSH NICK Tue 07:00P-07:30P 3696
21 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Sat 10:00P-10:30P 3590
22 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:01P-11:00P 3495
23 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:30A-11:00A 3448
24 OVER THE HEDGE MOVIE NICK Mon 07:00P-08:00P 3416
25 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Sat 10:30P-11:00P 3407


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  • BL

    Walking Dead did better than expected even with the Oscars. Austin and Ally still did well.

  • Rex

    #20 is incorrect. It was a SpongeBob episode that played in that time slot, not Drake and Josh.

  • AJ

    The Oscars didn’t hurt Austin & Ally as much as I thought it would.

  • CallieK299

    Nickelodeon is losing a ton of traction because they don’t have a Dan Schnieder show on now. They need their ringer.

  • disneynick101

    nickelodeon is so lucky to have a show like spongebob
    i just don’t get how spongebob episodes repeatedly get 3 to 4 million views on repeats of episodes that premiered all the way back in 1999

  • Ritchie

    The Walking Dead ratings are unbelievable, NBC doesn’t even have a show that can past that, ABC only has DWTS and Fox only has Idol that can outrank that.

  • Tropicalperson

    Well disneynick101, you aren’t the only one that doesn’t “get it”. Even the creator(s)/animators are a bit puzzled but quite happy about the success of this show. Not one person who works on this show that started with it thought it would last one (1), two (2) (three (3) tops) seasons and now they are enterind their MID-2nd DECADE! Who’d a thought?
    The allure of SpongeBob SquarePants is similar, yet strikingly different to other successful animated shows like Family Guy & The Simpsons; young and early and pre-teen children love it because it is a “cartoon”, yet at least a third (1/3) of their viewing audience are adults thanks to having quality writers/animators for the show. Many of the so-called “jokes” or humorous situations in the show have mature overtones that adults enjoy but seem to “go over childrens heads”, so to speak…not something you can say about those other two shows I mentioned.
    As long as they can keep the quality of the show as high as they have, SpongeBob SquarePants should be on the TV as long (perhaps longer) than those other animated shows that are basically “for adults only”.
    Make sense?

  • poweranimals

    Spongebob MUST be destroyed at all cost.

  • GoodTV

    The walking dead! Really? Has to be the dumbest and least scary piles of low budget crap on TV.

  • Scott

    Always has to be one, doesn’t there. “GoodTV”, huh… As far as what’s on TV now, with Fringe gone and Breaking Bad not yet returned, TWD is by far the most watchable thing around.

  • steve

    And to think NBC passed on this show….LOL!

    It may have saved their sinking ship.

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