“The Walking Dead” got some good ratings news with its return Sunday. The show posted a 5.7 rating in adults 18-49 and just under 12 million viewers, both improvements on the last episode before its hiatus.

The fall finale drew a 5.1 and 10.58 million viewers; Sunday’s episode was up 12 percent in the 18-49 demographic and 13 percent in viewers. In Seasons 3 through 6, the post-break episode on average was about 12.5 percent higher than the one before the break (Season 6’s second-half premiere was down slightly from the fall finale, Season 5’s was up 5 percent, Season 4’s spiked 34 percent and Season 3’s improved 13 percent).

Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” returned from a week off to a 1.0, in line with its usual performance. “Homeland” posted a 0.3 for Showtime, and E!’s Grammy red carpet coverage delivered a 0.6. Outside the Top 25 originals, the final season of “Girls” debuted to a 0.2 in adults 18-49 and 519,000 viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 11,996 5.7
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:13 PM 4,804 2.2
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,251 1.0
LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: 2017 GRAMMYS E! 6:00 PM 1,703 0.6
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:00 PM 1,936 0.5
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 9:00 PM 1,462 0.5
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 10:00 PM 2,239 0.4
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:00 PM 1,193 0.4
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 1,785 0.4
FLEA MARKET FLIP HGTV 12:30 PM 2,078 0.4
COMIC BOOK MEN AMC 12:24 AM 864 0.4
SUPERMANSION ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 784 0.4
FLEA MARKET FLIP HGTV 12:00 PM 1,910 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 1,440 0.3
EVIL LIVES HERE ID 10:00 PM 1,213 0.3
FIRST FAMILY OF HIP HOP BRAVO 9:00 PM 771 0.3
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 1,375 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 731 0.3
NOT SO VALENTINE NICK 7:00 PM 1,802 0.3
GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 1,119 0.3
CAKE WARS CHAMPS FOOD 10:00 PM 816 0.3
HOMELAND SHO 9:00 PM 1,051 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 593 0.3
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 1,374 0.3
OUTSIDE THE LINES-WKD ESPN 9:00 AM 600 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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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