The season finale of “The Walking Dead” hit a six-episode high in the ratings — but it also had the lowest ratings for a season ender of the show since Season 2.

Sunday’s finale drew a 5.4 rating among adults 18-49 (along with 11.31 million total viewers), the best for the show this season since its Feb. 12 return scored a 5.7. It’s down 22 percent, however, from the 6.9 for the Season 6 finale last year. The last time a “Walking Dead” finale was lower was back in 201, when the Season 2 finale drew a 4.7.

For the season as a whole, “The Walking Dead” was down about 17 percent — 5.4 vs. 6.5 in Season 6.

Elsewhere, “Big Little Lies” ended on a high for HBO with a 0.7 in adults 18-49 and 1.86 million viewers. ESPN’s first Sunday night baseball telecast scored a solid 1.2 and 3.62 million viewers, its most-watched opening night ever. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” was steady at 1.1, and the women’s NCAA Championship delivered a 0.8 and 3.83 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, April 2, 2017

Shows Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 11,314 5.4
INTO THE BADLANDS AMC 10:25 PM 3,113 1.4
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT ESPN 8:29 PM 3,616 1.2
TALKING DEAD AMC 11:25 PM 2,547 1.1
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,582 1.1
COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD ESPN 8:17 PM 3,745 0.9
WOMEN’S NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ESPN 6:11 PM 3,827 0.8
NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING FS1 2:00 PM 3,963 0.8
BIG LITTLE LIES HBO 9:02 PM 1,862 0.7
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 1,164 0.6
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,596 0.6
NAKED AND AFRAID DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 1,772 0.6
YOUR PRETTY FACE IS GOING TO HELL ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 986 0.5
MLB OPENING DAY ESPN 1:00 PM 1,302 0.5
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:13 AM 1,015 0.4
HOMELAND SHOWTIME 9:03 PM 1,342 0.4
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:02 PM 1,184 0.4
MLB OPENING DAY ESPN 4:00 PM 1,019 0.4
BASEBALL TONIGHT ESPN 7:35 PM 969 0.4
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 1,468 0.4
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN FX 10:00 PM 1,355 0.4
GIRLS HBO 10:03 PM 735 0.3
SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP FOOD 9:00 PM 1,319 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 1,460 0.3
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 1,451 0.3

 

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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